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The very first Famous Five adventure, featuring Julian, Dick, Anne, not forgetting tomboy George and her beloved dog, Timmy! There's a shipwreck off Kirrin Island! But where is the treasure? The Famous Five are on the trail - looking for clues - but they're not alone! Someone else has got the same idea. Time is running out for the Famous Five, who will follow the clues andThe very first Famous Five adventure, featuring Julian, Dick, Anne, not forgetting tomboy George and her beloved dog, Timmy! There's a shipwreck off Kirrin Island! But where is the treasure? The Famous Five are on the trail - looking for clues - but they're not alone! Someone else has got the same idea. Time is running out for the Famous Five, who will follow the clues and get to the treasure first?...

Title : Five on a Treasure Island
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ISBN : 9780340796146
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Five on a Treasure Island Reviews

  • Grace Tjan
    2019-04-01 14:13

    Jess, my 7-year old girl, gives it 5 stars.Comments while reading:"Georgina is a girl but she wants to be called 'George'. Is she a tomboy?""Who says that boys never cry? The boys in my class cry. A lot!""Uncle Quentin is scary!""George is like a volcano --- she's always angry or is about to get angry.""How can a kid own an island?""Awww, Tim is so cute!""Why can't Anne keep a secret? She's such a baby!""I like it when George took an axe and wrecked the bad guys' motorboat. She's so fierce!""I want to read more Famous Five books.""Why are they famous? Is it because they have adventures?""Are they real? No, of course Pokemons are not real!"

  • Archit Ojha
    2019-03-29 18:10

    I remember putting this book back down in 2006 because it was "too big" to read. The number of pages of Secret Seven were tiny in comparison to this one.I was reading a book this summer and not liking the immoral personalities present in there.Guess, you sometimes need a break from these grown-up melodramas. And who better to go to than Enid?The treasure hunting and ship wreck brought me back the memories of why I loved the Secret Seven. George and Tim are a delight to watch together. Coming together of all five of them over a beautiful island, fighting off the rogues and the thrill of an adventure -Enid Blyton is an all time classic.Surely, I am going to read this entire series too.

  • Jennifer Simmonds
    2019-03-25 17:13

    Sadly I gave all my Famous Five books away during my teenage years. However the other day I realised I missed Julian, George, Dick, Anne and Timmy so wanted a catch up. The only edition I could get on Kindle was this one - and it was a slight disappointment. There are no 'lashings' of anything, no 'mummy and daddy', no 'golly's. It has been rewritten to suit a modern children's audience, and I must say I deeply disagree with this choice. When I was an eight year old and reading these books for the first time they were the same format as they had been for over fifty years. Who thought it necessary to dumb it down for today's children? Surely they can cope with the language like millions of other children have. For me, revisiting these books was a chance to have a little giggle at the archaisms, and for them to be completely missing was a disappointment. I'm surprised they didn't change Dick and Aunt Fanny's names! However the story was the same, although much shorter than I remembered - I imagine my reading speed has increased quite a bit! This is still a great adventure for children, and brings back fond memories for adults. If you can look past the completely unnecessary changes (which admittedly I got used to after a while and didn't affect the characters or the story very much) then this is a great trip down memory lane. It's just a shame publishers felt it necessary to change a text that has been loved worldwide for half a century - if it ain't broke, don't fix it!

  • Praj
    2019-04-03 13:59

    This is one that lured me into the reading world. I still remember it like yesterday; it was during my 4th grade summer vacations. I was down with high fever and was crying for days for missing out on my yearly trip.So to pacify my tantrums , i was gifted this book. Ah! the mysterious world of Julian, Anne, Dick and my favorite George made me forget my pain and i ended up reading the whole series volume in that summer. Thanks Enid! for bringing me to a world of limitless imagination.

  • Pooja
    2019-04-06 13:10

    Sometimes you read a book and wonder how didn't you get to read this one in your childhood while everyone about your age did.Five on a Treasure Island, you are certainly the first one I read after a considerably long time, but your next parts sure are not going to be. Here I come.

  • Pramod Nair
    2019-04-13 17:07

    I had the opportunity to read the whole Famous Five series during my school vacations when i was an eleven year old and 'Five on a Treasure Island' was the first book that introduced me to the magical writings of Enid Blyton. It was during those school vacations that i chanced upon such highly addictive children's series like Secret Seven (from the same author), Nancy Drew, Dana Girls Mysteries, Hardy Boys etc. Hunting down and gobbling up each of those titles was a pure delight.All the titles in the Famous Five series is written based on the same simple formula - a band of four kids (Julian, Dick, George and Anne) and their dog Tim going through one wonderful adventure after another chasing mysteries and unraveling criminal plots - but the highly entertaining way in which Enid Blyton narrates these tales of adventure is something very unique. Each scene is narrated by the author in such a way to spark the imagination of the young reader and make them enjoy every moment of reading. In this first book of the series siblings Julian, Dick and Anne visits their uncle's for the summer holidays and are introduced to their cousin 'George' who is actually a hot tempered little girl with the name 'Georgina' and who dresses like a boy and is tomboyish. After a bit of initial quarrel the four of them become thick friends and George introduces them to her her faithful dog Timothy. George invite them to investigate a nearby island that belongs to George's mother and the band of four along with Timothy plunges directly into a whirlwind of adventure with lots of danger, excitement, an ancient ship wreck with a fortune of gold,creepy secret tunnels and cunning villains. In my opinion factors like:· the vivid clarity that the author uses to describe the scenes of the adventure; · the mouth watering details of the food items that the Famous Five take during their mealtime - loads and loads of jam tarts, hard boiled eggs, slabs of cakes, fresh tomatoes, cool lemonade and ginger ale; · the colorful and often envy inducing descriptions of the picnics they take;· a bunch of highly likeable characters (after reading the famous five books who won't be longing for a cool dog like Timmy);· a collection of exotic crooks like smugglers, treasure hunters and foreign agents; these were enough to make young readers go drooling over Enid Blyton books.

  • Graham
    2019-04-13 17:23

    Back when I was a kid, Enid Blyton was MY author. Reading her books - and I read dozens of them - taught me, not to read, but to actually ENJOY reading. I remember feeling how it was a magical experience and twenty years later I still feel that when sitting down with a book today.I've been wanting to catch up with Blyton as an adult, to see how her work stands up, and I finally got my chance with this handsome hardback. I remember that the Famous Five and the Secret Seven weren't my favourite of her books - that was the Five Find-Outers - but FIVE ON A TREASURE ISLAND was nonetheless a book I read because it was the first in a long-running (21 books!) series. I also had the computer game of this back on my old ZX Spectrum so after reading the book I could go and 'experience' the adventures for myself!As for the book, I think it holds up admirably. Of course, Blyton's stories are dated, but therein lies their appeal. This is a world before the internet, before consoles, where children could go out by themselves and camp on a deserted island for a week without the threat of child molesters or the nanny state reporting their guardians for neglect. It's a fantasy world nowadays, but how great it is to go back there!Blyton's strength lies in her vivid description, and the island, the ruined castle and the shipwreck make perfect backdrops for the simplistic action. The kids are great characters, and George is still the author's most interesting character. The descriptions of picnic and ginger beer we all remember are delightful, as is Timmy the dog. As an adult, I was surprised to find this book wasn't 'twee' at all - there are descriptions of blood gushing from body parts, and even the dog has a gun pressed against his head at one point, so 'real life' is addressed. Yes, there are mistakes, like the weight of gold ingots, but these are easy to look over. The parts in the well and the storm sequence I found particularly impressive and well written.This is a children's book that cannot fail to inspire children of the right age to love reading. I enjoyed every second of it and flew through it as an adult reader. I was reminded, favourably, of childhood, and ended up with a warm and cosy feeling inside. I'm looking forward to catching up with more of the author's work in future.

  • Judith
    2019-04-19 18:19

    I read the whole series (all 21 books) when I was about 13; those were the first books I read in English. I loved them, both the stories, the mystery and the writing. I liked the relationships (that was the time when I dearly wished I had siblings), the companionship and the good old picnicks in the woods/fields :)Looking back, I don't quite agree with the view of girls/women presented. Still, at that time, while feeling most kinship with Anne and being drawn to Georgina, it didn't matter to me. The books are a lovely memory of my first brush with English "literature" :) and therefore very dear to me.

  • Γιώργος Δάμτσιος
    2019-04-10 19:19

    Ένα μικρό, μονοήμερο διάλειμμα από την ''κανονική'' αναγνωστική μου ροή, με ένα βιβλίο από την παρέα που μικρός είχα λατρέψει. Το διάβασα χαμογελώντας.

  • Rosie
    2019-03-28 12:01

    I loved this and I knew I would as it's a childhood re-read.I had forgotten a lot of the details and this book still had me at the edge of my seat at the age of 21. I just love it. I recommend you read it, even if you think you've outgrown it! A classic, fun, tense, warming, summery read.I feel at home reading it.

  • Aso
    2019-03-30 18:10

    (note: please forgive any grammar mistakes in this review, english is not my first language, i wrote this as a part of my writing practice to learn english)I awfully jealous toward people who got an opportunity to read this series when they were still a little kid. I found and download this little treasure weeks ago for free from a website that i forgot its name, but my long to-read list prevent me to read this book.Reading this book make me want to run to the nearest super market and buy a time machine. I thought I have to go back to the past, when i only ten years old chubby kids with a simple mind to fully enjoy this book. But, a 25 years old chubby guy with a jumbled mind will do too. Through this book i resurrect my adventure spirit that slowly dying as i grow up. I want to be a part of Julian and the gang too.I found several interesting words that we'd never found in the children's book these days: awfully, jolly, golly, gay, and queer. Oh golly, imagine how queer the moms face if they found those two latter words.And oh it must be jolly to have my own Timothy and be gay with George, Julian, Dick, and Anne.

  • Kathryn
    2019-04-11 18:05

    There was a time when Enid Blyton books were the only books I’d read. I’m glad I grew out of this, although the woman’s written over 600 books, so I’d have been right for a few more years, even if I hadn’t grown out of my obsession!I know I was reading the Famous Five books when I was in grade 1, and I know that my mum had quite a collection, however the only 2 I can remember now are Five on a Hike Together and Five Go Down to the Sea - perhaps these were favourites that I re-read over and over again??Anyway, I don’t really remember reading this, the first of the Famous Five series, when Julian, Dick and Anne meet George and Timmy, although I suspect I have read it before.I read it now because it was being featured on the ABCs The Book Club (not that I normally worry about reading their selections before I watch it) and I realised one of my local libraries had a copy. So I picked it up. It took all of about 4 hours to read and was a fun trip back to my childhood! Highly unlikely, but I can certainly see why they appeal to kids.I don’t think I will now go on a Famous Five re-reading binge, but I might pick some of the ones that sound the most interesting and (re)read them at some point, and see if they jog any memories for me!

  • Adriana
    2019-04-03 14:21

    MY FIRST BOOK.Não me lembro de ser nada de especial, mas foi com este livro que a minha aventura literária começou. Os cinco foram os primeiros que me deixaram entrar num mundo distante. Não eram aquelas histórias de princesas que me faziam ver. Não eram já as infantilidades de livros para crianças. Tinha oito anos, quando adoeci e a minha mãe começou a ler-me esta aventura, em voz alta. A minha curiosidade era cada vez maior, a minha mãe tinha cada vez menos tempo. Por fim, não resisti e peguei no livro. Foi aí que a minha própria aventura começou, esta paixão por livros e palavras. Com aquela idade, não era normal ler livros com mais de 100 páginas, despojados de figuras. Acabar o livro sozinha foi um marco e uma vitória. A partir daí, fui melhorando a agilidade na leitura, treinando o pensamento, melhorando o vocabulário, imaginando até mais não.Deliciei-me.Devo a este livro todos os outros nas estantes. Todos os textos escritos.Sem livros, a minha infância teria sido uma porcaria - e descrença na humanidade.Se tivesse começado com Uma Aventura, por exemplo, com certeza teria deixado os livros para um lado, possivelmente retomando com Harry Potter. Mas seria muito material perdido, entretanto...Este pequeno livro cheira a mar, está todo amarrotado, tem dentadas de cão. Mas, livra, é dos livros por que tenho mais carinho.

  • Colleen Stone
    2019-04-05 16:19

    I dont know how to apply a star rating to a series of books that encouraged a generation of readers to read ALL the books in a series and then branch out into increasingly complex Series and stand alone books. My reading career began with the Noddy series. Scratch almost any author writing in English, and Enid Blyton (and very probably The Famous Five will be there). On that alone it earns a five.But read the stories and you find template based plots, stereotypical characters, racism, sexism and a range of other isms. It's true, they're all there.I read only one or two as a child; my sister was the Famous Five freak in the family ... But recently I found some volumes at a car boot sale and read them. What a magical world these children lived in! I slowly acquired and read the rest of the books. You know that simpler time us oldies are always banging on about? Well here's its headquarters. Every day was a holiday. Glorious home cooked delicacies featured at the endless picnics we attended. The world was safe and children didn't need heavy supervision. We made our own fun without annoying our parents or costing them too much. We were even clever enough to outfox adults be they villains or be they people trying to rein in our freedom. Honestly, thats exactly how it was. Such freedom. Aren't you sorry you missed it?Well maybe that's how it was in our daydreams. ... and maybe that's why Harry Potter is such a big seller these days because its what every child dreams of. So I forgive Blyton all her "isms" and remember that she was a product of her times writing for other products of her time ... and the formula worked. I read Blyton as I do any other author, with my critical mind on high alert for stereotypes and always asking myself who is not represented and why that is so.

  • Sophie Crane
    2019-03-31 15:07

    I really like this book. It makes me want to go on holiday and explore old ruins. It's a really good adventure story and I like the characters. My favourite is George because she is bold and brave and I like her dog Timmy, he's funny. I think girls would like this story most but boys might like it too.

  • Nusrat Mahmood
    2019-04-11 14:54

    the emptiness you feel when you realize that তিন গোয়েন্দার 'জিনার সেই দ্বীপ'is actually a copy of this book !!

  • Anna
    2019-03-22 11:58

    The Five books are always my favorites. They were some of my first novels I enjoyed reading. Got them all completed in no time long long time ago. Got every piece of the whole series as my precious collection, yet unfortunately I lost them in a way or so. They ain't cheap to get for sure, if you wish to collect them again in recent days. So, I guess I really should give up that idea. I am trying to make my consolation through ebook. Not getting the same joy from reading a real book, but hey... it is good enough.And so, I started to re-read them. The funny thing is that my point of view when reading it as an adult is surprisingly changed from when I was "younger". :) It is quite annoying because it's still the first book!!! there are more books in the series I'd like to re-read again. I can't loose the excitement...! The first book from the whole series, Treasure Island is a fast pace introduction of the Five and family. The main stars are Julian, Dick, George(Georgina), Anne and Tim-the excited dog. They are related as siblings and cousin. Also the Kirrin's island which become the icon place of these series. this book was about how the Five spent their summer holiday together for the first time in George's homeland. Unexpectedly, they got caught in an exciting adventure together. The adventure was quite fun yet so short. Antiklimaks. I think the Five could do something more with the bad guys. I do expect more. On the other hand, I liked the way friendship grew between the three siblings and George in this first book. It was not a rush and went through reasonable events. The character of each shown in the dialog beside the narration. I could perfectly catch every member's character of the five, even Tim.However, in overall, it's a good start for the next book to come of the five series. Look forward to read them all shortly.

  • Chaitra
    2019-04-03 12:10

    Edited 8/22/17.A friend asked me about Enid Blyton, and I remembered reading this book recently and being uncomfortable with its character portrayals. So here I was looking at my review, and honestly, it's probably one of the worst reviews I've ever written. (*Hint: Some of it was about George's gender identity, and I wanted to say something I was convinced Blyton didn't do well, but it came out being completely tone deaf. So I'm no good at gender issues either, mercifully I'm not a published author nor do I have any wish to be).Anyway, I'm scrapping the initial review and leaving with this, which was what I wanted to say anyway: I really do not like the voice, I don't like the portrayal of George, Anne is my favorite character and I absolutely HATE what Blyton has to say of only children.

  • Paul
    2019-03-21 17:03

    Ah, the Famous Five! Talk about your blasts from the past. I haven't read these books since my age was still in single digits.Re-reading them as an adult, their appeal is their innocence and the joy of recalling how I used to think my friends and I could have adventures just like the Famous Five! This book brought a big smile to my face.There's another level of enjoyment to be had reading this book as an adult with a twisted sense of humour, as hardly a page goes by without some kind of unintended sexual innuendo... at least, I'm pretty sure it's unintended.Buddy read with Sunshine Seaspray.

  • Michele Cooper
    2019-03-22 18:14

    I loved this series as a child - the characters, the adventures, the mysteries to solve and the food was fascinating to someone growing up away from England. But I recently re-read them with my children and found them sadly dated. My young boys liked the plots but the attitudes and values of the characters were vastly different to theirs today.

  • Asghar Abbas
    2019-04-05 12:59

    Pure magic, still love it to this day. Still remember it to this day.I think it is timeless, even anyone reading this today wouldn't feel that the story is set in the mid 1940s.particularly the end was thrilling.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-04-01 13:06

    This is SO interesting upon a reread! I read this series many, many times growing up. It's like Nancy Drew or Hardy Boys...but WAY BETTER. And it's interesting how my reading of the characters has changed as an adult.When I was growing up, I was very much like George. In fact, in 3rd grade I made everyone call me George. I thought she was the coolest character I'd ever met, and we agreed on a lot of things (mostly on how being a girl sucked). Reading this as an adult is interesting. In some ways George being adamant about being a boy comes off as that boys seem more interesting/have more control/independence (certainly where my wish to be a boy came from). But mostly it comes off that George is transgender, and I can't even tell you how incredible that is in a novel written in 1942. When you get lines like this:"So it is,' said her aunt. "But George hates being a girl, and we have to call her George, as if she were a boy.""I'm George,' said the girl. 'I shall only answer if you call me George. I hate being a girl. I won't be."George is the strongest character by far, and I don't think I was close to being alone in having her as a favourite. Apparently Enid Blyton based the character on herself, which might have a lot to do with it. I also think it brings up some interesting thoughts on Enid Blyton herself. I'm not certain how much was none about transgenders in the 40s, but I'd love to know if maybe Enid herself felt like George, because while other characters (particularly adults) don't approve of George's adamance that she is a boy, it doesn't reflect a disapproval of the character herself. Instead, she's by far the most interesting character of the lot.On the flip side of things...it paints Anne in a bad light. As both a girl who likes girly things AND the youngest child, Anne is the most easily frightened and is the only one who likes things that are looked down upon by the boys and George as being childish or girly. I remember growing up that I always thought Anne was a bit of a wet blanket and that she was dull. I hated that her name was my middle name. And I think that's a shame, because the book paints only boyish things as interesting and worthwhile. (This may change in the later books, it's been so long I can't remember.) I almost wish that Dick had been the youngest instead of Anne because I think that Anne's characterization is actually pretty spot on when it comes to being the youngest child and a girl who likes girly things - it's just how she's framed by the other children that makes her interests and temperament dull. Or if she got to have a bit more of the discoveries (she does discover the entrance to the dungeons, but she discovers it by being tired and sitting down, so it takes away from her being the one who discovers it).All of that being said, I loved the adventure just as much as I did when I read the books as a child. It made me just as excited, even though I knew how it ended, and I'm so excited to be rereading the series. I can't wait to introduce the kids to it, I'm hoping it's going to be a big hit!

  • Nikki
    2019-03-30 17:02

    Ah, the Famous Five. I've been meaning to reread these for nostalgia's sake -- or at least a couple of them. I used to practically inhale them when I was eight or nine years old or so. I was a little apprehensive about a reread now -- especially because of all the talk about how inappropriate Enid Blyton's writing is now, in terms of feminism and racism... I thought I wouldn't be able to read it.Fortunately, at least with the rose-coloured glasses of nostalgia, this book remained fun to read. It obviously didn't take me long, but I enjoyed it. I always loved to imagine having an island of my own, like George does, and Timmy was basically my dream dog. My favourite part is Kirrin Island, really -- ruins and dungeons and so on. I don't even mind about the ingots. Just the existence of the island itself would have been enough for me, aged eight. George was probably my favourite character -- I was a lonely kid, too.

  • Miffy
    2019-04-10 13:00

    This review will have to do for all the Famous Five books, because, well really, it's just the same story over and over again.But that 'sameness' is the very reason I come back to the Famous Five even now. There's something very satisfying about knowing that the Five will triumph, despite all the set-backs, baddies and dire (unlikely) occurences. Enid Blyton was the queen of the 'safe' book - predictable in a very British sort of way, but with four capable, clever and courageous protagonists, who had their foibles, but were, in the end, the victors, and were always friends.I wanted to be George so much! Anne was too prissy for me, Julian too grown-up, Dick was OK, but George and Timmy were fearless, head-strong and in deep, deep doggy love with each other. And I loved her for it.If you haven't read then for a while, or ever, read them for a time gone by, read them for the language of a time and place that no longer exists, and read them for the fun.

  • Farhin
    2019-03-23 15:54

    Aaah the children's classic. Famous Five. This is the first of their adventures and the first novel by Enid Blyton that I picked up myself. Having these books read to my class by my primary school teacher as a child, I was sure picking the book up at 19 would flood me with nostalgia and innocent joy.Instead, I dropped the book at 46%. Yes. I DNF-ed it. It had nothing to do with the book itself. I think children would love to lose themselves in the adventures of Julian, Dick, Anne and Georgina- oops- George. The book itself has an interesting plot and the writing is very storyteller-esque. I'm sure if I'd picked this series or any of Blyton's other works when I was still a child I would have surely enjoyed them. However, at my age I simply found the book unnecessarily long, and the plot too drawn out.

  • Melanie
    2019-04-19 12:11

    I re-read this just for the fun of it. Being poorly and staring at my daughter's bookshelf I plucked it off and read it in one (short) sitting. As a kid I loved the Famous Five books, they made me want to move to England so badly that I promised myself that one day I would live here. Funny how that turned out. I can still totally see why I loved the books so much, I always loved a mystery even back then. Mystery and fantasy will forever be my favourite genre.

  • Matty-Swytla
    2019-04-01 19:23

    Loved this series as a child and devoured several books in a row each holiday. I couldn't wait to go to the library and exchange one stack of books for another. :DThis series is an oldie but a goodie. Some elements of the story may be a bit dated now, especially technology, but the adventures more than make up for it. You can't resist the boyish charm of George/Georgina, her stubborness and courage. Not that other children aren't competent or ingenious, but she's my favourite.

  • Mike
    2019-03-24 20:13

    Been a heck of a long time since I read these, but I always wanted to be a part of the Famous Five gang and go away and have adventures.Sadly I don't really remember the stories just vague plots from different books. Always my summer holiday read.

  • Richa
    2019-03-23 18:16

    My childhood favourite - Enid Blyton! I am re-reading her books and I am so glad to find that I still can't put them down without finishing! They are really great exciting books! Glad to meet an old friend...

  • Sh H
    2019-03-26 12:10

    لطالما ظننتُ أن زمن قصص المغامرات الشهية قد انتهى،والآن عرفتُ أنني مخطئة.قصة تتسارع فيها الأحداث و المشاعر،دقّات القلب،والإيقاع يعلو أكثر فأكثر.معاني سامية،علاقات صادقة،شخصيات راقية.أسلوب مدهش،و لا يُمَل.سأكمل السلسلة بلا شك.