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Five on Kirrin Island Again, by Enid Blyton

This is the sixth book in the Famous Five series, which was written by Enid Blyton.  It begins with Julian, Dick, Anne, George (Georgina) and Timmy, her dog, at Kirrin for the Easter holidays. George’s father (Julian, Dick and Anne’s Uncle Quentin) has built a tower, for conducting his scientific experiments, on George’s island!  George (really called Georgina but, as she has always wanted to be a boy, everyone calls her George) is furious as her father didn’t even ask permission and it means that, for most of the Easter holidays, they can’t visit Kirrin Island.  Uncle Quentin needs to stay on Kirrin Island while he’s experimenting, so George’s mother (Aunt Fanny to Julian, Dick and Anne) gets Julian to make Uncle Quentin say he’ll signal at 10 o’clock every morning and evening, so that they’ll know he is all right.

One day, though, he signals more times than usual.  Everyone goes over to Kirrin Island  in George’s boat to find out what’s wrong.  They find out that Uncle Quentin signalled more times than usual because he suspects that someone is spying on him!  Uncle Quentin then asks George if he can borrow Timmy, just incase there is someone on the island, and she eventually says yes- on the condition that he’ll take Timmy up, at 10 o’clock each morning, to his tower when he is signalling.

One day, though, when George was looking through the coastguard’s telescope, at 10 o’clock, to make sure that Timmy was up in the tower, she can’t see him.  This worries George, and she decides to go over to Kirrin Island by herself without telling the others!

Five on Kirrin Island Again is an exciting mystery book and it’s packed with adventure.
What does George discover on Kirrin Island and who is the mysterious man that is so keen to find out about the island?

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Five go off in a Caravan, by Enid Blyton

In the fifth book about the Famous Five, which Enid Blyton wrote, Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy, Georges dog, are at Julian, Dick and Anne’s home for the summer holidays.  They are trying to decide if they should go somewhere else for two weeks, or just stay  at the house, when a circus procession passes by.

They make friends with a boy in the circus called Nobby and he tells them where the circus is going.  George has the idea to go on a caravanning holiday, and Julian suggests that they should try to catch the circus up.

Julian, Dick and Anne’s parents need to go away for a while so it works out well.  Soon the caravans and horses arrive and they set off for the circus camping-place.  The Famous Five camp near the circus camp in their caravan.They get shown round the camp by Nobby but when they run into Lou, the acrobat, he tells them to “clear out” and go and camp somewhere else.

They decide that they will move higher up in the hills the next day, but that night the Five are woken up by Nobby’s uncle, Dan, and Lou the acrobat creeping round the caravan but they are chased away by Timmy.  In the morning Dan and Lou arrive outside their caravans to make sure they were going away.

They choose a nice, sheltered hollow in the hillside as their new camping place but later that day they bump into Dan and Lou coming up the hillside, as they went down the hill to a lake, to swim.  They ignore the bad-tempered pair, but they guess the Five hadn’t gone over the hill, as they had thought, but were camping on the hill, they suddenly try to appear very good tempered and friendly and try to say that camping down near the circus camp is better than up here.  The Famous Five are very puzzled why Dan and Lou would so suddenly change their minds about them moving their caravans.  When they come back from the lake they find Dan and Lou lying down in the grass below some trees.  They seem more anxious than ever to get the children away from there.

Why are Dan and Lou so anxious to get them away from that hollow?

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Five go to Smugglers Top, by Enid Blyton

This is the fourth book that Enid Blyton wrote about the Famous Five.

Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy are staying at Kirrin Cottage again, with their Aunt Fanny and Uncle Quentin (George’s parents) but on the first night the great ash tree falls down and does a lot of damage to the upstairs rooms.  No one was hurt because they were brought downstairs by Julian, who was looking out of the window.

Because of the damage to the bedrooms, Uncle Quentin arranges for them to stay at his friend’s house, Smugglers Top, which is on the top of Castaway Hill and is surrounded by marsh.

The town of Castaway is surrounded by an ancient wall.  This is probably based on the beautiful town of Rye, in East Sussex, England.  Rye used to be surrounded by marsh land, like Castaway.  Rye and Castaway both have traditional histories of smuggling.

Uncle Quentin’s friend, who is called Mr Lenoir, doesn’t like dogs, so George smuggles Timmy into one of the many secret passages in Smugglers Top.  When Timmy rescues the children from the underground catacombs, Mr Lenoir changes his mind about disliking dogs!

When they arrive Pierre (or Sooty, as the boys at school call him, because of his pitch-black eyes and hair) and Marybelle, Mr Lenoir’s children, tell them about strange lights that flash from Smugglers Top’s tower, they investigate at once.  Does the mysterious deaf servant know a bit more than anyone else?

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Five Go To Smugglers Top

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Five Run Away Together, by Enid Blyton

When Julian, Dick and Anne arrive at Kirrin for the latter half of their holidays they find the cook from Kirrin Cottage, Joanna, has gone to look after her mother, who broke her leg, and in her place is Mrs. Stick, complete with her rude son and horrible dog, Tinker (who is nicknamed Stinker by George).

When George’s mother takes ill, and her daddy goes to stay at the hospital with her, the Five are left alone with the Sticks.  When Mr. Stick arrives at Kirrin everything starts to get awful.  The Sticks get so annoying that they decide to run away to Kirrin Island.

At Kirrin Island, they find the roof of the one liveable room in Kirrin Castle  has collapsed, but they find a cave to live in instead.

One day, though, they find the Sticks on the island!  Soon it is clear that they are not looking for the children, though.  Then what are the Sticks doing on the island?  When the Five see lights out to sea, at night on the island, they are sure they’re mixed up in smuggling.

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Five Run Away Together

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Five go Adventuring Again, by Enid Blyton

In the second Famous Five book, Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy are all staying at Kirrin Cottage, home of George and Timmy, for Christmas, but Julian and Dick need to have a tutor because they missed so much school the term before. The tutor that Uncle Quentin picks arouses George’s suspicions although everyone else except Timmy like him.   She suspects that he is stealing information from her father’s latest scientific work!

The adventure begins when they find an old linen sheet, with strange Latin words, in a secret hiding place in Kirrin Farmhouse and then Uncle Quentin’s important scientific papers are stolen!

As in many of the Famous Five books, Timmy helps the rest of the Five and plays an important part in this adventure.

It is a very exciting book and I recommend it highly.  So, if you are a boy or girl that likes adventure, this book is for you!

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