Five on a Treasure Island: Book 1

Five on a Treasure Island: Book 1

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Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In their first adventure, the Famous Five find a shipwreck off Kirrin Island. But where is the treasure? The Famous Five are on the trail, looking for clues, but they're not alone. Someone else has got the same idea! Time is running out for the Famous Five - who will follow the clues and get to the treasure first? This edition features the text from the Classic edition and contains the original cover art and inside drawings by Eileen more

Product details

  • 9-12
  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 127 x 195.58 x 12.7mm | 158.76g
  • Hachette Children's Group
  • Hodder Children's Books
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • B&w Line Drawings
  • 0340681063
  • 9780340681060
  • 88,476

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The prize must go to the adventures of George and co. Listed as one of the 100 Best Children's Books Ever (Novels) The Daily Telegraph One of the 50 books every child should read by Age 16 Famous Five books are essential for all children's bookshelves MADEFORMUMS.COM I thought this series was wonderful. It struck me as a great injustice that they were having adventures and I wasn't -- Alexander McCall Smith The Sunday Telegraph Dangerous criminals are no match for children and a dog. Adults are useless Country Life Always popular, always a favourite. And ALWAYS full of adventure -- Dan Smith The Big Issue This book is so exciting you'll want to play detective yourself The Week Junior As the first set of 'grown-up' books I ever discovered I could read on my own, the Famous Five have a very special place in my heart. I still remember running through to my parents' room to tell them I could read well enough to go adventuring with the Five without their help. And with 21 books in the series, I had plenty of escapades to look forward to! The List (Glasgow & Edinburgh) I loved so much of Enid Blyton ... the Famous Five were my favourites of all, so much so that I demanded to be called George for most of my early childhood East Anglian Daily Times Pacey and passionate, this truly exceptional book tells a tale that truly needs to be heard Lovereading4kidsshow more

About Enid Blyton

Enid Blyton's books have sold over 500 million copies and have been translated into other languages more often than any other children's author. She wrote over 600 books and hundreds of short stories, including favourites such as The Famous Five,The Secret Seven, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers and Noddy. Born in London in 1897, Enid lived much of her life in Buckinghamshire and adored dogs, gardening and the countryside. She died in 1968 but remains one of the world's best-loved more

Review Text

Another high-spirited mystery-adventure by a popular English author. Her erodible children in incredible adventure provide sure pull with her readers. Here three visiting cousins, with their defiant cousin George (who wont be called Georgiana) find treasure on a rocky island in the ruins and underground passages of an ancient castle. There are plenty of thrills, - an old ship cast up from the sea, a treasure map, a breath-taking chase - set in the sunbright freshness of the sea air. Interwoven with the lively adventure there's an unobtrusive subplot as a lonely child, headed for a sullen, negative maturity, fearful of her strangely moody father, gradually learns that sharing experiences is more fun than defiant solitude. And that her father's irritability is rooted in worry over financial insecurity for his loved ones. The children are generous, likable - and have plenty of initiative and daring, even when dealing with hardened criminals. Some phases of the story are wholly English; the style is awkward, uncertain. But the pace of story carries one right along to an exciting climax and a satisfying ending. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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