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August 2013 Guest Editor, Lauren St John "I think I read my first Famous Five novel when I was six and I was hooked from that moment on. Recently I was unpacking some boxes and I came across a small pile of my favourite books from childhood. I re-read this particular one for nostalgia’s sake. Sure there are bits of that have dated and Enid Blyton is not the world’s greatest prose stylist. But decades on, the appeal of the Famous Five is as strong as ever. You’re instantly drawn in. You instantly want to be sleeping on beds of heather on the moors or escaping to your own private island. Five Run Away Together has all the best ingredients of the series. A horrid family who are supposed to be taking care of George, Anne, Julian, Dick and Timmy the dog but are clearly up to no good. A trip to Kirrin island. Smugglers. Gold ingots. Impossible to resist."
Who's been on George's island? And what is locked in the mysterious trunk hidden on Kirrin Island? The Famous Five think they're on the trail of smugglers - until they hear a child scream...
Emma Chichester Clark joins Quentin Blake, Oliver Jeffers, Chris Riddell and Helen Oxenbury, who have all reimagined Blyton's characters for today's readers. These anniversary editions of the classic texts of Enid Blyton's best-known series benefit the House of Illustration, the world's first dedicated home for the art of illustration.
Despite stiff competition from Five go to Smuggler's Top, this one has always been my favourite -- Alison Flood theguardian.com
|Publication date:||3rd May 2012|
|Publisher:||Hodder Children's Books an imprint of Hachette Children's Group|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
Enid Blyton is one of the most-loved authors in children’s publishing. With over 700 titles published, Enid Blyton’s stories remain timeless classics, adored by children throughout the world. Soon after Enid Blyton was born in 1897, she fell gravely ill with whooping cough. Her father, Thomas Blyton stayed up with her night after night until her cough subsided and she recovered. From that time on, Enid followed her father wherever he went, and it was through her father that she developed a love of nature and animals – an enthusiasm which stayed with her throughout her ...More About Enid Blyton