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The Boy Next Door Paperback – 27 Sep 1984


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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Armada; New edition edition (27 Sept. 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0006923054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0006923053
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 119,842 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Jehannum on 27 Jan. 2003
Format: Paperback
I loved this story as a 7 year old child. I found it compared very favourably with any of the Famous Five series, and any of the other individual stories I subsequently read.
It contains a clever plot with some surprising twists, all told at an exciting pace. There are moments of real suspense here.
The main character of the story is an American boy called Kit, who is brought to England by his guardian to escape from his 'wicked uncle', whom it is believed is behind an unsuccessful kidnap attempt. Kit stands to inherit the fortune of his missing-presumed-dead father, and this has tempted his uncle to attempt to ransom the boy.
Kit's adventures in England make entertaining reading for a 7-11 year old. The ironies of the plot are intricate for a children's book, and add colour to the tale.
The chapter illustrations are good, some of them being very atmospheric. They belong to a bygone age that should appeal to the more imaginative child whose mind has not been totally polluted by modernity.
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Enid Blyton's wonderful Famous Five and Secret Seven series are ever popular and always in print. The Faraway Tree books (4, if you include "Up The Faraway Tree") are year in year out in the Top Ten Children's Story Books Of All Time, voted by the public. Her books catch the imagination of children of all ages. She once replied knowingly to criticism "I know what children want".

The undeservedly less well known "The Treasure Hunters" is good proof that Enid Blyton knows what children want, it's her best book, reaching new heights of excitement even for this prodigious author and reading it will make you feel that "it's good to be alive". "The Boy Next Door" in my opinion isn't on a par, comparatively it's mundane and it's not an "adventure tale" at all (hence my 4 stars are only because the two stories are coupled together in this edition. Later on, you may or may not wish you had purchased "The Treasure Hunters" in a stand alone volume rather than as part of this 2-in-1.

"The Treasure Hunters" in brief: Two brothers and their sister / happy and resourceful / and Rags the terrier / holiday at their grandparents Manor house / Manor soon having to be sold, hard times for the grandparents / great kids, they play and explore the Manor's grounds / landscapes, woods, farm, hills, stream / find hidden overgrown summerhouse in woods beside pond / make it idyllic / find box in chimney / cryptic treasure map / long lost Greylings treasure / follow clues / bad guys, would be purchasers of Manor / they would take advantage of grandparents / they know kids onto something /good grandparents and the bad guys confound kids efforts / night adventures / lift flagstone, into the hill / breathless / Rags helps / out of their depth / ..then / ..pigsty / ..oh! oh! oh! / !!!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Dec. 1998
Format: Paperback
I first read this book about 35 years ago at school and have recently discovered it again.Memories of happy days returned. I think you will find the story excellent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dave Hartley on 25 April 2010
Format: Hardcover
One of Enid Blyton's finest adventure stories. I first read this as a boy of 10 and was thoroughly captivated by it. Having now read it again, to my two youngest daughters (12 and 6), I have not been disappointed and my children have been gripped from chapter to chapter. It may have dated, is completely implausible and takes place in an England that probably never really existed, but these, along with Gilbert Dunlop's fabulous illustrations, are things which only add to the warmth and charm of this wonderful book.
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By Matt Carothers on 20 Jan. 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Love it. Thanks. One of my favourite books ever. Will read it again with pleasure. How come it keeps saying I must write so many words?!! What's that all about!??
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By Mrs E on 24 April 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Excellent then and now. I would recommend any of her books to children of all ages and those who still think they are!
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