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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Orion Childrens (7 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444003283
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444003284
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.3 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 147,015 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Helen Moss was born in 1964 and grew up in the beautiful rolling countryside of Worcestershire and a remote corner of Saudi Arabia. After a PhD in psycholinguistics at the University of Cambridge, she spent many happy years researching the processes of language comprehension and how these can be affected by brain injury or disease.

Having lived in London, Glasgow and Oregon, Helen now lives in a village near Cambridge with her computer-scientist husband, two teenage sons and a menagerie of dogs, hen, gerbils and a bearded dragon called Frankie. When she's not writing, she likes taking photographs, walking in the countryside with the dogs, climbing mountains and skiing down them, and reading, of course.

www.helenmoss.org.uk
www.adventureislandbooks.com


(Oh, and I didn't write Silky The Woods Cat! That must be a different Helen Moss, but I don't seem to be able to remove it from the list. My apologies to the other Helen Moss.)

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The Mystery of the Whistling Caves by Helen Moss is being launched as a new, contemporary Blyton-esque adventure series and certainly contains all the elements: caves, secret passages and a good old-fashioned crime to solve. With references to hoodies, rock bands and computer games, this is a fun reworking of a winning formula and a great recommendation for any reader in search of adventure. (Vanessa Lewis THE BOOKSELLER)

The Famous Five meets Artemis Fowl in The Mystery of the Whistling Caves, an up to the minute adventure with postmodern Blytonian references. The children, with mandatory dog, use their cunning to find the culprit in a series of museum thefts. A retro look gives it appeal to children and adults alike. (Jake Hope THE BOOKSELLER)

Nostalgic adventure stories are back once more, thrillingly enjoyable! (MR RIPLEY'S ENCHANTED BOOKS)

a great romp of a story, definitely a page turner, and would make fabulous holiday reading (THE BOOKBAG)

Whilst reading this book, I found myself instantly transported back to my childhood, reading my beloved Enid Blyton books. Helen Moss has captured that Blytonesque essence, bottled it, added a dash of real life and and a slice of modern times to create a whole new series for today's generation. (SERENDIPITY REVIEWS)

I loved this book from the start to the finish because it is extremely exciting and I couldn't put it down. It moves at a fast pace, and the plot keeps on twisting so that it is full of suspense. The children's characters were very believable because the author was able to write as if she was a child. It is also very funny particularly when the author describes Jack's thoughts. I would recommend this book to people who love adventure stories and it is one of the best books I have ever read! (Lily Newman, Age 10 WEST END BOOKS (BLOG))

From the illustration on the cover to the ripping plot of children investigating a mystery involving caves in the West Country, this is most definitely in the style of Enid Blyton... A well-written, wholesome adventure (JUNIOR)

Book Description

When the famous whistling caves fall silent and treasure goes missing from the castle on the cliffs, Scott, Jack, Emily and Drift the dog try to solve the mystery.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By BM on 13 Jun. 2012
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I have a (just) 9 year old daughter and a 7.5 year old son, both of whom are massive Enid Blyton fans and who love adventure stories with a passion. They have both exhausted all the Enid Blyton books out there so when I saw these advertised as being Blyton-esque I bought the first two. I have to say that I personally was rather underwhelmed by the first two; they seemed very derivative and not particularly exciting - plus they seemed to be written by someone trying to be very 2012 but not quite managing it. My daughter read the first one and refused to read the second because she said she just didn't think it was very good. However my son is engrossed and is begging me to buy the rest of the series - he reports that they are very exciting and he is loving the fact that there is more than one adventure thread in each book.
Edited to add: I have now bought all 10 of this series (so far). I have read them all, as has my son and now my daughter aswell. I have to say that they get better and better. Both my kids were engrossed by book 4 and my daughter found them very funny aswell as exciting. I think the author writes very well and would highly recommend the series!
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By ~The Bookworm~ VINE VOICE on 28 Oct. 2011
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I wasn't aware of these books before last weekend. I'm not the target audience but I'm still a kid at heart so I bought the book out of interest and nostalgia. The cover price was attractive, the cover design is lovely, and I was a big fan of Enid Blyton when I was younger. I was't disappointed. I thought the adventure was well-written, the dialogue lively, and the characters realistic and charming with just enough of the attitude I remember from the Famous Five and the Adventurous Four, but with an added dash of the contemporary. This is childhood as many of us wish it had been (and wish it still was!). With children apparently turning more and more to the screen and less and less to books for their entertainment, publishers and authors are having to work pretty hard to attract a readership and I hope this series pulls them in.

I've read the other reviews and comments, and feel sorry for the author that bizarre and unsubstantiated statements are being bandied about here. I hope it doesn't put anyone off as that would be a shame. Children should be encouraged to read whatever they like, and not be put off by adults who apparently have an axe to grind.

And just to be clear: I'm not associated with the author OR the publisher. I'm an Amazon Vine reviewer and everything I write is genuine, and I only review books I've read. I enjoyed 'The Mystery of the Whistling Caves' and I think the target readership will too.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Livie Gaskin on 14 Aug. 2013
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This book is full of excitement and I think lots of children of all ages will enjoy it, I can't wait for the next one, haha!!! :)

Livie Gaskin
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By George Newton on 7 July 2013
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It is the first one in the series and what a way to start a series
My favourite in the series so far! Would recommend it to any famous five fans who are looking for a new adventure series
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Roberts on 29 May 2013
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This is an excellent book. It was really enjoyable and I recommend it strongly. It is the second one of the series that I have read and both have been great fun.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By hillbilly on 22 Jan. 2013
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Having become increasingly frustrated by the fact that my 11 year old daughter showed no interest in reading, I read the reviews for this book and decided to give it a try. I fully expected it to join the steadily growing pile of unread books but to my amazement she picked it up and read it cover to cover within three days. She adored having Enid Blyton's Secret Seven and Famous Five stories read to her when she was younger and is thrilled to have found something written in a similar style. We have now bought several more in the series and she has she has enjoyed each one just as much (it doesn't seem to matter which order you read them in). She loves the fact that the characters have the sort of exciting adventures she wishes she could have. She describes the stories as exciting and full of suspense which keeps her wanting to turn the page to find out what will happen and she likes the modern references. Well done Helen Moss!
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By Robert on 19 Aug. 2014
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My ten year old Son, for whom English is a second language, was bought a copy by his Grandparents, and they read it together. Having heard them over several days discussing and analysing the story in minute detail, I decided to read it myself.

Having read the summary, I was wondering if this was going to be nothing more than a Blyton copy, but I was very pleasantly surprised - The story is exciting, and although the stories are clearly inspired by Enid Blyton's books, they are sufficiently different and modern for this not to detract.

The English is clear, and well written and even though I don't fall into the "target market" I really enjoyed it - as did my son. Definitely to be recommended.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Stephen Byrne on 12 Mar. 2012
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My 7 year-old daughter has enjoyed all the books in this series so very much. We also enjoyed reading them with and to her. I hope the author writes more, and so does my daughter.
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