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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 15 February 2004
This is one of the two of the famous five books that I have always thought of as strange. It's very atmospheric and in places a little frightening. On an unexpected weekend away from school the 5 meet up and go on a hike - but a storm and an escaped convict conspire to make this a very strange and exciting weekend indeed! But by following a map and using an old raft the gang try to beat the crooks to a haul of stolen goods.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Regarded as Enid Blyton's best Famous Five book, and I would wholeheartedly agree. No shortage of mystery and action. It rolls from page one, and has everything, except the manditory secret passage oddly enough, but even without one, it is a cracker. This book was not simply churned out to meet a publishing deadline. It sparkles as a timeless classic destined to prevail.

If you only read one F.F. book, then make it this one.
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on 1 September 2013
At their half term of school the five go on a hike together. Timmy hurts his leg causing them to split up. 2 lose their way and are given a message that was meant to be given to another one man. It leads to some stolen goods. Two Trees is where they can find it. They go on a lake to a spot where they can see 4 important things. That spot is directly above the sunken boat where the loot is hidden. A couple is also trying to get the loot. The 5 JUST beat them to the stuff. A police station take care of everything from there. My favourite part of this book is when Timmy keeps stealing the bad guys food because it is very funny and made me laugh a lot!!! I chose 5 stars because I think this is an amazing book that could keep me going forever!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 12 May 2011
Fantastic item at a fantastic price. Very happy I have been able to find this
considering how hard it is to get hold of them.
Very Happy Customer, will use again.
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on 6 August 2014
Another great book by another great author!!! I love the famous Five I in all of Its glory !!! At school we had to Wright to our favourite authors I WISH I could of written to Enid Blyton but I can't,which is very very very very very very very very very very very very very disappointing. Amelia Laybourn
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 11 October 2008
During the October half-term weekend the Five manage to snatch a holiday together. Timmy gets himself hurt whilst trying to get down a rabbit hole and the four children split up into two parties of two and, surprisingly, get separated for the night. Dick and Anne end up at a farm house where Dick gets to sleep in the barn. During the night someone comes and whispers a message through a window at him. Obviously he has been mistaken for someone else. "Two-Trees. Gloomy Water. Saucy Jane. Maggie Knows" is the message that the Five latet try to decipher. A primitive map is also pushed through the window at him.
The children attempt to take what they know to the police and learn that a convict who had been on the run the previous night is now back in captivity. The policeman gets angry and tells them to go away. Julian makes up his mind that they will go to Gloomy Water and try to solve the mystery. The rest of the story involves their adventures in a burned-out house by the side of a lake and then out in the middle on raft. They are searching for the cargo of a sunken boat. However, they have rivals in the form of Maggie and her companion. Once again the presence of Timmy ensures that they come safely through to the end of the adventure.
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on 23 November 2013
The book is full of excellent vocabulary and it will inspire all students to read and write stories . The mystery genre really interested me and inspired me to read the series of the famous five.
I would recommend this book to all ages.
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on 20 January 2013
Downloaded for the kindle fire, and read at bedtimes with a child. A great story line with the usual antics , humour and adventures of the famous five. Cheaper than buying normal books and takes up less space.
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on 1 May 2013
Just the best childrens stories ever , I enjoyed them as a child , my children and my grandchildren love them , and amazingly I still enjoy reading them to them !! Written in the 50`s but somehow timeless.
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on 27 October 2013
Our 7yr old boys cannot get enough of the Famous Five stories, just like me at their age. We're reading these to them just now and hopefully they'll then read them themselves before too long.
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