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The Secret Island Hardcover – 1 Jun 2002

4.8 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 164 pages
  • Publisher: Award Publications Ltd (1 Jun. 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1841351415
  • ISBN-13: 978-1841351414
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 12.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 527,397 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From the Back Cover

If it weren’t for Prince the dog and their new friend Jack, the three Arnold children would be having a miserable time living with their horrible aunt and uncle.

Running away to Jack’s secret island seems like the answer, but before they can settle in, Mike, Peggy and Laura find out that something very mysterious indeed is happening there …

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About the Author

Enid Blyton was born in 1897. She is the author of over 700 books for children and creator of a host of legendary characters, including ‘The Famous Five, The Secret Seven’ and, most famously, ‘Noddy’, Big Ears’ and the other inhabitants of Toyland.

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This is the first of the Enid Blyton "Secret" series.
When Mike, Peggy and Nora's parents disappear in a plane crash they are sent to live with their cruel Aunt and Uncle. With the help of a resourceful friend called Jack, they escape to a secret island where they live together, successfully evading discovery until they're reunited with their parents. Although dated, this is still a very exciting story if you're about seven. It's fine for confident readers, and the chapters are a prefect length for bedtime reading. I enjoyed it as much now as when I was a child!
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By Miss Scarlett TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Jan. 2014
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The secret island was my favourite book as a child. I read it over and over again from the age of 7 till I was 14. By then, the book was dirty and dog eared, but still I kept it, and read it, till one day I accidentally dropped it in the bath. The pages were never the same. So, 30 years later, I've bought it again, purely a case of nostalgia, but have to say, still thoroughly enjoyed reading it! I'll keep it well away from the bath this time around!
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By mfl VINE VOICE on 12 Feb. 2004
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I doubt whether Enid Blyton books are read much these days, or are even marketed. Shame because Secret Island is one of the best books ever written for children. The Famous Five, the Secret Seven, go down in history as Blyton's legacy, yet this book and the series it lead to, is largely forgotten.
Adventure, self suffiency, independence are all developed to the fore; you are there, you feel, it's a summer holiday that means something. It's a simple tale of four kids and a cow (!) running away from wicked guardian aunts and uncles to a deserted lake island and fashioning their own survival - there's a few survival tips thrown in for good measure too.
Yes maybe it's a little dated now, but aren't most of the greatest children's books ever written? For sure it retains an absolute charm and a resonance that chimes. Perhaps children's tastes are much more sophisticated in the 21st century but Blyton still has the touch to teach the Potter fans about the real world beyond fantasy.
As for where you find the Blyton books outside of the aforementioned more "famous" series, you'll be hard pushed to find any high street bookseller that chooses to grace their shelves with the Secret series. So here's your chance.
8 -14? Give it a go. Older? Buy it for your kids and then remind yourself.
A great story from the most inspired writer of her time.
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This was one of the very few books that I read over and over again throughout my childhood. The story line centres around a group of children who escape their mean 'ol aunty and uncle - (and grandfather) to live a life of freedom on a deserted island in the middle of a lake. This was, and still is, something that really appealed to me. I WANTED TO BE WITH THEM! They catch and grow their own food, build a little house, and have adventures. Sigh. I wont spoil the rest of the book, but honestly wish that I could find my copy of it. Ah well, take my advice and HUNT THIS BOOK DOWN!
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I started by reading my kids my favourite childhood Enid Blyton book 'The Faraway Tree' - it was such a hit with them that I have been going through all the books I remember by her.
The Secret Island was one that I never read as a child so I have had as much fun as them reading it.
The best thing about her books is that one chapter a night is the perfect length to read out loud to your kids.
I have a 7 yr old boy and a 3 yr old girl and they both enjoy her books.
Don't think that a book like this is irrelevant to todays kids either - The Secret Island is about a group of kids surviving on an Island alone - what could be more relevant today than self sufficiency, recycling and eco - living?????
I reccomend this one - as well as The Faraway Tree series and Wishing Chair series - I guarantee you that Mummy and Daddy will be fighting over who's turn it is to read the next chapter!!!!
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My 8 year old daughter loved this book. Enid Blyton manages to make the utterly unrealistic seem completely plausible. Four children manage to live in secret on an island when they escape from their cold-hearted relatives. They even bring over a cow and some hens! They have the most wonderful time, build a house and plant their own crops. They eat the strangest meals but they always sound delicious. They stay one step ahead of the grown-ups and are endlessly resourceful. Complete escapism for children.
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This has to be one of the best books I ever read as a child and I'm so glad to have re discovered it. Even now, reading Secret Island again, I'm making my plans with Jack, Peggy, Mike and Nora. (Sorry, but nowadays, I'd have to pack more blankets!) Today's children are cocooned in a fast food, overtly safety conscious, politically correct, hi-tech virtual reality culture. Let's break free and sail across the lake unsupervised, explore caves, construct a shelter from willow branches, grow our own vegetables, build a fire and eat wild strawberries. This story is gloriously free not only of greenfly, but also of the deep psychological insights, tragedy and trauma that seem to have tipped the scales of worthy children's literature. There is a place on the shelves for adventure stories which, although idealistic, evoke a 'never-never land' time of innocence, the joy of making do and simple human decency in the face of wrong. Pure childhood nostalgia.
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