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The Island of Adventure (Adventure (MacMillan) Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Enid Blyton
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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For Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack, the holiday in Cornwall is everything they'd hoped for – until they begin to realize that something very sinister is taking place on the mysterious Isle of Gloom. But they're not prepared for the dangerous adventure that awaits them in the abandoned copper mines and secret tunnels beneath the sea.

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Another thrilling instalment in Enid Blyton's Adventure series- with a stunning retro look to appeal to a new generation of readers

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Something very sinister is happening on the mysterious Isle of Gloom and the children are determined to uncover the truth! But Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack are not prepared for the dangerous adventure that awaits them in the abandoned copper mines and secret tunnels beneath the sea.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 605 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Reprints edition (18 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003GGSTCG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #121,364 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.9 out of 5 stars
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By Shr
Format:Paperback
I read this book so many times as a child it is starting to fall apart. The story is charming and has a major twist which will surprise many children. The book is full of Blyton adventure which is sure to be a success with fairly young children (my brother never seemed to really enjoy Enid Blyton stories when he was younger but he loved this book - espically the parrot!).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite Adventurous 14 Oct. 2008
A Kid's Review
Format:Paperback
My Dad read this to me but it was still very exciting. Its No 1 in the Adventure series, and its probably best to start with this one as its very different to the rest. Its quite scary in parts and you're not sure who the baddie is until the end.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Still among the best Gripping Yarns 11 May 2015
Format:Paperback
"Island of Adventure" was the first of Blyton's "Adventure" series books, and was published in 1944. American readers may have encountered it in their childhood libraries as "Mystery Island", the title adopted for the U.S. edition.

The book introduces Jack (the bird lover) and his sister Lucy-Ann (a bit on the timid side). They are orphans who are informally adopted by Mrs. Mannering because of their friendship with Mrs. Mannering's children and because of her great fondness for them. Mrs. Mannering's children are Philip (the animal whisperer) and Dinah (squeamish about animals, but level headed and independent). The cast is rounded out by Kiki, Jack's pet parrot and the comic relief in the books. The children's ages range from 14 for Jack and Philip to 12 for Dinah and 11 for Lucy-Ann.

In each book the two sets of siblings find themselves on school vacation with Mrs. Mannering, (and later also with Bill Smugs - Mrs. Mannering's friend and a member of an unspecified British secret service). Each book starts out with the family going on a simple, relaxing holiday, but mystery, suspense and skullduggery always rears its head about three chapters in. The books feature islands, castles, underground rivers, subterranean tunnels, spies, smugglers, assassins, and other neer do wells.

In "Island of Adventure", the children are staying at a craggy old house set against a steep cliff. From there they can see Gloom Island. After learning to sail they visit the Island and all sorts of mysteries are uncovered and adventures undertaken.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect entertainment for children 8 May 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
These comments apply to the entire 8-book 'Adventure' series. Enid Blyton wrote several hundred books of stories for children, and I would put this series right at the top, even above the more celebrated Famous Five.

With this series, she achieved the perfect balance of interesting characters, gripping plots, and humour. Pre-dating the era of mobile phones and the Internet, she relied on old-fashioned yarns of kids foiling the activities of 'baddies' through resourcefulness beyond their years.

The 8 stories have sufficiently varied plots to maintain interest, and she probably stopped at the right time, before running out of ideas. There isn't a dud among them.

The same basic format ensures that readers are in comfortable surroundings, while intrigued by what lies ahead. The four children arrive home from boarding school, expecting a quiet, even dull holiday - but manage to stumble across a motley collection of smugglers, forgers, gun-runners, kidnappers, and mad scientists. The locations range from Cornwall, England, to the Greek islands, and a mythical central-European country called Tauri-Hessia. There are the usual Blyton staples of secret passageways, brooding castles, and jolly farmers' wives producing enormous meals.

The loquacious parrot Kiki provides a frequent source of amusement, with her malapropisms and imitations of trains, cars, dogs, cats, and gunfire. She is far more entertaining than Timmy, the dog in the Famous Five, and is never overdone.

The four children have distinct personalities, including Philip, whose ability to befriend any animal is frequently exploited by the plots. There are also additional children involved who get very short shrift, if they ever display selfishness or self-pity.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book - cover not as shown 4 Aug. 2014
By Fairy Godmother TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I ordered this for our 6 year old who has been having the famous five books for bedtime and loving them. I had forgotten what a truly excellent series this is, and this story in particular. However it is maybe more suitable for 7 to 8 year olds so I am saving it for now and carrying on with the famous five books with him. My copy arrived quite quickly but I was disappointed that the cover is not as shown - it is a more modern cover with more modern children on it - some may prefer this, but I wanted the cover shown, which is a drawing of children rather than a photograph of what appear to be teenagers - my little boy would not relate to that cover as much as the drawing of children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure 5 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I hope that I am not the only one who enjoys childhood books. It gave me great pleasure to read an adventure book again. As I remember Enid Blyton is still readable so go ahead and indulge your memories of your childhood. Most of all enjoy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i love it
Published 5 months ago by michael bott
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
as above
Published 8 months ago by adrian roles
3.0 out of 5 stars Childhood memories
If you like Blyton then these adventures are fairly good although not, in my view, quite as good as the Famous Five. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Rachel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
excellent child loves to read
Published 11 months ago by Lorraine McMullan
5.0 out of 5 stars Lost World.
Enid Blyton is very special. Her books were part of my growing up. I still enjoy reading them, along with many others. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars rachel
iIt is a very interesting book i couldn't stop readig Enid is a great writer and the rest of her boos are good to.
Published 11 months ago by Mrs. T. Mccrum
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fine
Published 12 months ago by Linda Joy Pusey
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Had these books as a child I enjoyed them and wanted my grandchildren to enjoy them also.
Published 12 months ago by margaret miller
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent book taking me back to my childhood
excellent book taking me back to my childhood,this was the only one i never finished and am so glad at the age of 60 i bought this enjoyed it and relived that part of my youth,a... Read more
Published 12 months ago by dug up
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Much appreciated by my 7 year old granddaughter who is into these books and this one was missing.
Published 13 months ago by G. Bannister
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