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Five On Kirrin Island Again by Enid Blyton

Published February 13, 2021

Five On Kirrin Island Again by Enid Blyton

I liked that in this book we got to see that temper tantrum side of George again, the fact that her uncle needs to use the island for some science that could affect the whole world - but hey, it’s HER island and he didn’t ask permission! It feels like the odds were really elevated in this one, the consequences of the bad guy’s actions could have blown up a whole island and destroyed some neat scientific technology. Blimey.

Five Go Off in a Caravan by Enid Blyton

Published February 8, 2021

Five Go Off in a Caravan by Enid Blyton

This book seems to bring together all the things that I have thought reading the other books - how is it possible these kids are allowed to go off on holiday by themselves like that, why do they always end up running around in caves, and why are the bad people so set on hurting kids for their own means!

Five Go to Smuggler's Top by Enid Blyton

Published January 27, 2021

Five Go to Smuggler's Top by Enid Blyton

I tell you what, the stakes felt a lot higher in this adventure, it wasn’t just about the kids uncovering some kind of plot, but they actually had to save their own Uncle Julian from being kidnapped! Crikey! It gets off to a mysterious start, that imposing building on the top of the hills with scary marshes all around, and the mysteries just continue to deepend. I did feel a bit annoyed about how much effort it took to hide Timothy the dog, but hey, he’s one of the five, so you’ve got to love him!

Five Run Away Together by Enid Blyton

Published June 29, 2020

Five Run Away Together by Enid Blyton

Third in the Famous Five series, and this time the gang are very much left to fend for themselves. When Aunt and Uncle have to go away for illness, the crew find themselves at the mercy of some very unscrupulous fill-in housekeepers. It does make me wonder how much screening Uncle Quentin does on his staff, with these guys and with the rogue tutor from the previous book.

Five Go Adventuring Again by Enid Blyton

Published June 20, 2020

Five Go Adventuring Again by Enid Blyton

The gang return for a second adventure, but this time the mystery comes right to their door. With everyone staying at George’s house, and a tutor coming in to give them additional lessons, there’s a plot afoot. I didn’t think this one was quite as good as the first, but mostly because I loved the island in the first one. This time, it’s about secret passageways and scientific espionage!

Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton

Published May 30, 2020

Five on a Treasure Island by Enid Blyton

I mean, if you’re going to go Enid Blyton, you’ve got to go all the way back to the start of the five, right? Four kids and a dog go gallivanting around, causing and finding mischief. Some of it is unbelievable in this day and age, I mean for a start that kids would want to spend so much time outdoors but then also that parents/guardians would be happy about their charges heading off to a notoriously rocky island when there’s a storm brewing.

The Early Years at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton

Published December 18, 2019

The Early Years at Malory Towers by Enid Blyton

Three books in one, this is a handy way of reading the first few books in the Malory Towers series. I have fond memories of reading these as a kid, although I didn’t remember the specifics, only that most of the girls were goody-two-shoes and adventures and midnight feasts were had. Actually, they really weren’t all that goody-goody. Even our heroine Daryl had a wicked temper that sometimes was totally misplaced.