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Enid Blyton's Famous Five Books Keep Getting Better :-)
Reviewed in India on 9 February 2020
Really enjoyed books 7-9 of the Famous Five Collection by Enid Blyton as well.
1. Five Go Off To Camp.
The Famous Five (including Timmy the Dog) go off on a camping trip with their mad about insects Professor Mr Luffy. They are to camp on the moors and are looking forward to it. No one thinks there will be an adventure in the offing but they had not counted on the Spook Trains. Originally, Anne thinks she is sitting on a "Volcano" but are the spook trains as Wooden Leg Sam calls them for real? When the boys, Julian and Dick, decide to investigate further at night along with their new friend, Jock, banning the girls, George and Anne, from coming, George is furious and sulky. But George, on one of her sulky, cooling down treks has her own adventure and they find out the monied step-father of Jock, Mr Andrews, is not all he seems. The Famous Five (and this time Jock) save the day, yet again!
2. Five Get Into Trouble.
The Famous Five go on a cycling tour, which seems banal enough; however, adventure seems to follow them! They stop near a lake (the Green Pool) and meet another boy, Richard Thurlow Kent. He is the son of one of the richest men in the country, Thurlow Kent and the Green Pool is on his estate. Richard seems rather spoilt and exaggerates a bit. In any case, as the Five decide to continue on their tour Richard lies and says his mother has agreed to let him join them until his aunt's house. Dick then gets a tyre puncture and Julian and George and Timmy go off to buy some food while Anne who decides to climb a tree waits for them to come back. Dick (which is short for Richard ... or so some thugs think) gets kidnapped and Anne witnesses it all. The others including Richard Kent decide to find Dick and rescue him. Unfortunately, they find Dick but become hostages as well! In the end, Richard Kent, who had not impressed everyone with his bravery and seemed a weak personality, proves himself and he informs the Police about what happened who save The Five from the people who had mistakenly kidnapped Dick who were thugs dealing in criminal activity and were escaped convicts.
3. Five Fall Into Adventure.
The book starts with George and Timmy waiting at the railway station for the others to come to stay at Kirrin Cottage. Sadly, this holiday is only two weeks long because Julian, Dick and Anne had gone to France for two weeks. George's mother and overworked dad (who is a famous scientist) decide to go on holiday to Spain. A new character called Jo, is introduced in this book who is similar to George in that she dresses as a boy and looks like one. She used to live in a circus and now her father indulges in criminal activity and so her life is sad. Uncle Quentin, George's dad, is a world famous scientist and one day someone breaks into George's house looking for some of his important notes. Later on, we find Jo is involved. Shockingly, George and Timmy are kidnapped when they go out for Timmy's walk. A letter is sent saying if Uncle Quentin's notes are not sent George and Timmy will not be released. Due to Dick being kind to Jo previously she wants to help and they try to find George together. The person who has been behind all this is a madman called Red Tower. Jo leads the children to Red Tower's castle and they find George has been imprisoned and poor Timmy drugged badly. Jo plays a pivotal role in their escape and finally the police are involved and all's well that ends well. As Julian says at the end, "Everything okay".
:-) Cool books. They keep getting better.