Five Get Into Trouble: Book 8 (Famous Five)
About this deal
Probably, because - despite my love for these books as a kid - I can't bring myself to give more than 1*.
This book is different, and I guess that is why I liked it and gave it a higher score (though it seems that I have been giving these books pretty decent scores anyway). And as George Bernard Shaw said: "Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. A disgruntled former bodyguard of his father sees him and his accomplices end up kidnapping Dick by mistake, thinking he is Richard Kent and that they'll be able to get a large ransom from his father. But just when they thought their troubles were over, the gang find themselves held captive and in terrible danger! The fact that these children think so little of him actually pushes him to grow beyond his spoiled ways and try hard to earn their respect.When the police arrive at Owl's Dene, Julian shows them the secret room containing an escaped convict and stolen diamonds. I used to loan in from the school library ALL THE TIME, it was literally going back and forth between me and another student from my sister's grade. Julian takes most of the credit for this adventure because he is the one sneaking around, listening in to the conversations that are going on, and finding out the secrets that the crooks are trying to keep hidden so that when the police arrive everything is brought out into the open. You could surmise that George wouldn't have had a Hope in Hell against the new-comer but I'm not too sure about that. She's by no means weak and she would've had the extra advantage of her sex which is the eligibility to pull hair and scratch so it might've ended up with her on top of Richard.
Taking into account when the first books about The Famous Five were published, I can understand that World War II and the aftermath were of influence. Yet again the Famous Five get themselves into a highly improbable scrape and manage to save the day just in the nick of time! book in the series is that the Famous Four need to rescue a Famous One and there's plenty of action involved.
Read all When Dick gets kidnapped after being mistaken for a boy named Richard, the others set out to rescue him and soon find themselves involved with desperate criminals, stolen diamonds, and escaped convicts. Even though the children are suspicious of the inhabitants of the house, Julian does manage to speak to the maid that works there, and further shows her kindness.
When the crooks decide to let them go (before changing their minds when they discover that Richard is actually with them) they give them a heap of hush money, which Julian then turns around and gives to the maid.And whilst it is possible that Quentin's brother married Fanny's sister, nobody ever mentions this and it is overwhelmingly likely that it is another example of Enid Blyton forgetting the details of her most famous story. All of this comes apart when he is spotted by one of his father's enemies, and Dick is taken instead to use as a ransom.
This marriage ended in divorce, and Blyton remarried in 1943, to surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters. Over ten years later, I still pick up one of her books and smile- and then get hungry as the children describe all the wonderful things to eat! It is even suggested (though remember that the Five never actually grow up) that Julian, and possibly the others, will no doubt join the police force when they have finished school.
Brief Summary by Poppy Hutchinson: On their peaceful camping and cycling tour of the English countryside, the Five come across Richard Kent – the son of one of the richest men in the country! Born in London in 1897, Enid lived much of her life in Buckinghamshire and loved dogs, gardening and the countryside. She is also the author of other favourites including The Secret Seven, The Magic Faraway Tree, Malory Towers and Noddy. I couldn't stop laughing at the gift, it was so thoughtful and I'm excited to have this back in my book collection for good. The story relies on the conceit that it is impossible to escape the grounds when the gates are shut.