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First book I have read for my 2020 pledge - I love this series :-)
Reviewed in India on 5 January 2020
This is the Enid Blyton "Famous Five" Series of Books 1-3.
1. Five on a Treasure Island.
Julian, Dick and the youngest, Anne, go to stay with their Uncle Quentin and Aunt Fanny who has a daughter named Georgina, whom they have never met. When they meet they find out Georgina is very difficult and only answers to being called "George" as she has always wanted to be a boy! Slowly, though, they become friends, especially as George has a secret, her precious dog called "Timothy". George has been forbidden from keeping him, so she secretly keeps him with her friend, fisherman's son, Alf. To pay for his upkeep she gives Alf all her pocket money. Aunt Fanny lives in Kirrin Cottage and they have a farm called Kirrin Farm. Legend says that there are gold ingots buried somewhere nearby. But most excitingly, Kirrin Island has been gifted by Aunt Fanny to George! George takes all her cousins to Kirrin Island and tells them about the boat wreck under the sea and shows it to them. Then one day a storm brings the wreck to the surface and everyone explores it and find a tin in which some clues are left to where the ingots are kept. It's then a race against time as some criminals come to buy the island ostensibly to help tourism. Uncle Quentin who is a clever scientist but not very rich wishes to sell so he can give George and Aunt Fanny special comforts but little does he know the Famous Five will find a room filled with ingots on George's and her cousins' very own island, Kirrin Island.
2. Five Go Adventuring Again.
George and Anne and Timothy have now joined the same girl's boarding school. Julian and Dick as usual are together are their boy's boarding school. It's the Christmas Holidays and George has been promised an amazing holiday and Julian, Dick and Anne's home; unfortunately, their mother has scarlet fever and so is in quarantine and so they must go to George's home at Kirrin Cottage. George, who has always been with her parents, is quite behind in her studies and Julian and Dick had influenza last term, so they will be having a tutor for the holidays to help them catch up! Anne did quite well though. Uncle Quentin then decides to hire someone by the name of Mr Roland who is very knowledgeable about the scientific work he is working on and how he is going to change the nation with his formula. The children go to meet him at the railway station and are surprised to find that he is not so bad. However, he does not like Timothy the dog and neither does Timothy the dog like him! Anyone Timmy doesn't like, George doesn't like! So the battle lines are drawn. The children find a map which tells about dungeons and the like in Latin and ask Mr Roland about it. But could the children's (minus George and Timothy's) trust in Mr Roland be their biggest mistake? Some important core documents of the scientific work are stolen from Uncle Quentin's office and test tubes are destroyed. George nearly exposes Mr Roland who uses his good graces with Uncle Quentin to throw out the family protector (Timmy) from the house and into the dog kennel. They find out the artists who are staying as rentals in Kirrin Farm are Mr Roland's friends in their nefarious plan. George finds out quite by mistake where are the dungeon tunnels and the Famous Five save the day .... again!
3. Five Run Away Together.
George, Anne, Julian, Dick and Timothy are back again in Kirrin Cottage but George's mother is taken ill suddenly! Their old cook is also away as she is looking after a relative and a nasty lady called Clara Stick and her son Edgar and dog Tinker are instead "helping" at Kirrin Cottage. George's mother is rushed to hospital and Uncle Quentin goes with her, saying he would not return until Aunt Fanny is better. Mrs Stick's husband also lands up and the three of them and "Stinker" as the Five call him take advantage of the situation. Then George and her cousins and Timmy decide to run away to Kirrin Island, making the Sticks think they are catching the train home. An infuriated George had noticed some smoke from the island which could have been from day trippers. They then noticed a locked trunk in their wreck. Smugglers maybe? They decide to stay in a well-protected cave and had taken a lot of food and drink with them. As the clues start to click they realise that not smuggling, someone has been kidnapped, none other than a little girl named Jenny. Uncle Quentin rushes from the hospital to Kirrin Cottage as no one was receiving his phone calls and finds the house had been ransacked! (by none other than you-know-who "the Sticks and Stinker"). He rushes to the police and so do George and the others with little Jenny in tow. Julian explains it all and helps the police to arrest the Sticks and Stinker and the Famous Five do it again!
Really cool books to get back into reading. Fun and enjoyable. I really like this author and this series. :-)