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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; New Ed edition (23 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340681233
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340681237
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 108,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Classic editions of the timeless adventure stories where there's always a mystery to solve for Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy!

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Enid Blyton died in 1968 but remains one of the best-known and best-loved writers of children`s stories. She is consistently voted a children`s favourite in author polls. She has over 600 children`s books to her credit, including the Famous Five series, the Secret Seven series, the Naughtiest Girl series - all Hodder - and the Malory Towers and St Clare`s series, both available from Hodder on audio.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 4 Nov. 2000
Format: Paperback
This book had everything in it, goodies, baddies, secret tunnels, treasure and even a dog or two (woof as Timmy would say). The five go to stay on the farm and meet the Harries (twins Henry and Harriet) and their family including fierce old Great Grandad. They discover an American and his son trying to buy up the old bits of the farm, and then they discover that there once was a Finniston Castle on the site. The American starts to excavate, and the five and twins are devastated, until that is they find the entrance to the secret tunnel! In a riveting final that includes Great Grandad swinging a centuries old sword round his head, the Five, and the family of Finniston farm triumph over the American's greed. And as ever they have had another excellent adventure with a fine, happy ending!!! My kids enjoyed the book so much we had to read it again straight away!
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Aug. 1999
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Many years after I read Enid Blyton's books as a child, I am still able to read them with enjoyment from time to time, even if I couldn't live on them exclusively now, as I did as a child. I read this book within a couple of hours recently, and it brought back idyllic memories of long ago.
The story of a treasure hunt on a farm in Dorset, it is perhaps not quite as tense and exciting as some other Famous Fives (some of which can be quite intricately exciting even on an adult level), as it does not feature an out-and-out criminal, unlike all the others. I thoroughly enjoyed it all the same, and the story has a very nice atmosphere of carefree, childhood adventure, and a sense of real decency somehow (in spite of what Blyton's critics have to say about the values expressed in her work). I got quite involved, and was able to laugh at some of the funny episodes, such as the obnoxious boy Junior being taught a few lessons he sorely needed to learn about politeness and consideration for others (even if, seriously, that come-uppance went a bit too far at times).
The story explores an interesting theme concerning the destruction of culture and heritage by mere wealth. If there were no actual criminals in the story, there was certainly a tension generated by the rich American man, Mr. Henning, who wanted to buy English history "just as if it were chocolate or toffee". Considering that the issue of cultural vandalism is now quite a current one (and America is often seen as a culprit in this), I thought it was quite perceptive to write about this nearly 40 years ago in a children's book - one of the few occasions when Enid Blyton touches on current affairs of social or cultural importance. And there were definite indications that, although Mr.
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By Flo on 31 Aug. 2011
Format: Paperback
I ordered this book (no.18 in the series) based on the cover of the book, which indicates that it is the original text. What arrived was not this cover, it was the updated version and the amended 'modern' text eg: bathing changes to swimming, mother to mum etc. It totally loses it's charm. If you like The Famous Five, read the original ones!
Once you've got the original, it's one of the best of The Famous Five - on a farm, a castle, possible treasure... a cracking adventure.
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By Bella on 5 July 2014
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I loved reading Five on Finniston Farm and I chose the five-star rating because it has an excellent variety of emotions including funny, a little sad and adventurous! I really like the part where Great Grandad discovers an old sword and is always swinging it around his head like crazy in danger of wrecking the house!!! I think that this book is suitable for you if you have read the rest of the amazing series!!!
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By Delta Lady on 18 Feb. 2013
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This was chosen for a child who needed a large print book with an exciting storyline. This held the attention and was much easier to read than the standard print. I would strongly recommend the large print format for those with dyslexia.
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By Mekk on 17 Nov. 2013
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The book arrived nicely packed and on time, the book is for our grandchild who will as we did many years ago get really
hooked on Enid Blyton.
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By Lisa on 3 April 2014
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This was a kindle purchase, bought in seconds, read in an hour, just what my 8 year old grand daughter needed as she had run out of books on holiday.
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I bought this book for my daughter as I loved it when I was a child. I am happy to say it is just as I remember it and she loves it as much as I did!
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