- Publisher: Collins; Reprint edition (1958)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B000MIMX82
- Product Dimensions: 18.2 x 12.6 x 2.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 765,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
THE BOY NEXT DOOR Hardcover – 1958
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Reprint. Clean but toned pages with owner address to front pastedown. Boards have corners bumped with sun fadd spine ends. DJ has tears and chipping to corners/spine ends.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
Some years ago I read it to one of my grandchildren and I was surprised that, in the age of Harry Potter, he still found it an engrossing tale. Forget the adult sensibilities about class structure or archaic language; if we can watch stuff set hundreds of years ago, why shouldn't our kids read stuff set in their grandparents' time? It's all about the timeless theme of kids finding their own space, away from us killjoy oldies.
"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 / ..Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Considering the age of this book, it is in a very good condition. Unbelievable price! Lovely to be reunited with a very special book from my very distant childhood. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Thrilled to find this for my brother ......he had it in the 50s and we read it over and over. Enjoyed it again!Published on 1 Feb. 2015 by Mrs Patricia E Davies
I loved this book when read as a youngster, 60 years ago and my granddaughter loved it too. Highly recommended.Published on 13 Jan. 2015 by Mary C
On opening this tine I was very disappointed to find ripped pages about 3rd the way in. Very very disappointedPublished on 18 Jun. 2014 by N. Patterson