- Reading level: 9 - 11 years
- Paperback: 640 pages
- Publisher: Hodder Children's Books (5 February 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1444924842
- ISBN-13: 978-1444924848
- Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 4.8 x 19.8 cm
- Customer Reviews: 119 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Famous Five Collection 2 (Famous Five: Gift Books and Collections) Paperback – 5 February 2015
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About the Author
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 700 books and about 2,000 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 storytellers.
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This is a collection of books 4-6.
1. Five Go To Smuggler's Top.
The Famous Five (including Timothy the Dog) go to stay with George's mum and dad in Kirrin Cottage. One night due to a really severe rainstorm a tree falls on the roof of Kirrin Cottage and the girls narrowly escaped death, had it not been for Julian raising the alarm it would have been far worse. However, the house is badly damaged. So the Famous Five go to stay with a friend of not only Uncle Quentin who is interested in his scientific work (Mr Lenoir) but someone from Julian and Dick's school (nickname Sooty). The name of the house is Smuggler's Top and is built near the marshes which are dangerous. One problem is Mr Lenoir doesn't like dogs so George and the others (including Sooty and his sister Marybelle) sneak him in and hide him in one of the many hiding places in the strange castle. The castle also has entrances to a maze of underground catacombs which helped the smugglers in days gone by. The town has a modern day smuggler called Mr Barling. Later on we read that the butler, Block, who claims to be deaf is not and is hand-in-glove with Mr Barling. Their main problem is the scientific work of Uncle Quentin and that they want to stop it. Later they kidnap Uncle Quentin and Sooty (who was in the wrong place at the wrong time) and try to end his brilliant scientific work. All's well that end's well as the Famous Five save the day.
2. Five Go Off in a Caravan.
The five, after seeing a circus procession, decide to rent out two caravans and spend the summer holidays travelling in caravans and stopping near a circus camp. They make a nice friend called Nobby who looks after dogs and Pongo the chimpanzee but it's the horses he loves. They also come into contact with not-so-nice Uncle Dan and Lou the Acrobat. They set up their caravans near Merran Lake but are forced to move but still the nasty two of Dan and Lou are not happy and ask them to move again! What is the reason behind this strange behaviour?? Obviously, the Famous Five will solve this mystery and save the day in this fun adventure.
3. Five on Kirrin Island Again.
George is livid! Her and her cousins and Timmy the Dog are to stay at Kirrin Cottage for the Easter holidays but her father and famous scientist, Uncle Quentin, has set up a tower for important research work on her island (gifted to her by her mother), Kirrin Island. Uncle Quentin calls them urgently to the island one day saying he suspects someone to be on the island except for him and asks that Timmy the Dog stay with him for protection. George is distressed as she cannot bear to be parted from her beloved dog but agrees. She makes her father promise to signal from his tower twice a day to ensure they know everything is fine on the island. Meanwhile, Dick suspects some new strangers who have come to stay near the coastguard's cottage but after learning the older man is a journalist and the child is his ward he relaxes, thinking journalists are always snooping around. We find out later on Dick was right to suspect those two! One day, George doesn't see Timmy when the signal is sent, so secretly takes her boat to the island to find out where her beloved dog is!! The big secret is where is Uncle Quentin living on the island. George manages to find out and the finale of the great adventure is carried out mostly by Timmy. Famous Five save the day!
Don't you guys feel a movie should be made of Famous Five as adults! I think there should. Sure sign it's a classic I feel. :-)