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Five on a Treasure Island (Famous Five) Paperback – June 14, 2001

4.5 out of 5 stars 83 customer reviews
Book 1 of 21 in the Famous Five Series

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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 essexbaby.co.uk 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 "The book is amazing and I can't wait to read the next one." 10/10 William King Parent Talk Her captivating stories enticed generations of youngsters to enjoy reading and books. Sally Jenkins wordpress Sure to be enjoyed by young readers discovering Blyton for the first time, as well as existing fans. booktrust They don't look a day over 12, yet The Famous Five are 70 this year - and their adventures are devoured every bit as enthusiastically by today's children. Sunday Express These ever-popular children's classics are still read and loved by today's would-be adventurers. Springboard Stories Issue 2 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Enid Blyton died in 1968 but remains one of the best-known and best-loved writers of children's stories. She is consistently voted number one in children's favourite author polls. She has over 600 children's books to her credit, including the Famous Five series, the Secret Seven series, the Naughtiest Girl series (all Hodder) and the Malory Towers series (available from Hodder on audio).
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Product Details

  • Series: Famous Five (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (June 14, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340796146
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340796146
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.7 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (83 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,604,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Famous Five novels by Enid Blyton are a British institution in the United Kingdom and occupy a place in the bookshelves of nearly every self-respecting pre-teen. When I was growing up in the UK I devoured all the Blyton books I could get a hold of and then went onto her Secret Seven and (my all-time favorite) Adventure series.
The format for the books is essentially the same - a band of children get into a series of adventures thwarting criminals and solving mysteries. It's like Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, but imbued with that classic British idiom and that fast-paced, expertly crafted Blyton style that give it an edge over her American counterparts.
The success of the formula is perhaps best demonstrated by the fact that the majority of the Blyton books I read were handed down to me from my mother who had received them as a child herself in the 1940s and 1950s. It's an unusual feeling opening a book and seeing it inscribed to a parent when they were your age. There are 21 stories in the series and 40 years later in the 1980s the series was even continued by French author Claude Voilier (who wrote several continuation novels).
Anyhow, this is the novel that started it all and in it we are introduced to the Famous Five - Julian, Dick, Anne, George, and her dog Tim.
As the novel opens Julian, Dick and Anne arrive at their uncle's for the summer where they are introduced to their cousin - the tomboyish Georgina (or George for short).
Together they set out to investigate the nearby island that belongs to George's mother and run straight into danger and adventure. There is a wreck submerged on the island that suppossibly has a fortune in gold inside, but several dives to the ship have yielded nothing.
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This is the first installment of what was soon to become one of the all time best children's series ever written. This tome introduces us to the henceforth famous five: Julian, Dick, Anne, George, and of course, her faithful dog Timothy. The first three, who are siblings, travel to Kirren for the holiday and meet their cousin Georgina -a hot tempered little girl who dresses like a boy and refuses to answer to anything but "George". In no time, the five are fast friends and off on their first glorious adventure which sets the tone for many more: be prepared for mysterious happenings, bad tempered criminals, hair raising episodes in tunnels and passageways and of course, the usual mouth watering descriptions of every scrumptious meal the five share: FOUR meals a day, thank you very much, since the British partake of breakfast, dinner, tea AND supper! If you can make it through this book let alone the series without eating a lot of tomatos, you're a paragon of self discipline!
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Enid Blyton's "Five on a Treasure Island" is the first of the "Famous Five" series. In this opening story of the series, the "five" (four children and a dog) happen upon an old wreck that was raised to the surface by a fierce storm and discover a map that tells the location of gold ingots that disappeared hundreds of years ago. However, the map falls into the hands of criminals who also have designs on the lost gold and it then becomes a race between the children and the criminals to find the lost gold. Old wrecks. mysterious islands, secret tunnels, thrilling escapes and rescues are all part of this outstanding story. Although the famous five books are regarded as a childrens series, they are so well done that an adult would find it virtually impossible not to find it compelling and thoroughly enjoyable!
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Ahh... the Famous Five! Who can forget them? This is the stuff of childhood enchantment. Ms. Blyton has been critized on many different fronts. But if one can, for a brief moment, step aside from our grown-up view of what is or isn't politically correct, there is much to be enjoyed in all of Ms. Blyton's books. Long live the Famous Five! May you continue to entertain future generations of children all over the world.
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I remember reading this book when I was about 7 and then I saved my weekly allowance of $2.50 to buy every book ever written by Ms. Blyton . The Famous Five Series is set in a time of childhood innocence and wondrous discovery of the world.I remember I felt I was with all of the characters in their adventures and longed to be a part of that wonderful world.If your child doesn't like reading then I suggest you buy him or her a copy of this book and if their attention spans have yet to be corrupted by 3 minute flashing videos on MTV and Nintendo then they will love this series.
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I collected the whole set as a youngster, and loved them, now after reviewing some of whats out there, I realise these books are innocent , exciting, fun loving adventures and I am trying to get the set for my 7 year old.
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Enid Blyton is a marvellous writer. In this story, you can see the friendship,consideration,braveness and wisdom. Each character has their own distinctive characteristics. The more you read, the more you are excited. When you finish a chapter, you will want to know what are going to happen next. This book is not only for children, it also suits for everyone who love adventuring. Besides,the language is so grammatical. You will learn a lot of sentences that can be used practically in everyday life. Finally, when you finish the whole story, you will feel like you are another part of The Famous Five!
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