Five on a Treasure Island : Book 1, Paperback Book

Five on a Treasure Island : Book 1 Paperback

Illustrated by Eileen Soper

Part of the Famous Five series

3 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Julian, Dick, Anne, George and Timmy the dog find excitement and adventure wherever they go in Enid Blyton's most popular series. In their first adventure, the Famous Five find 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? This edition features the text from the Classic edition and contains the original cover art and inside drawings by Eileen Soper.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 192 pages, B&w Line Drawings
  • Publisher: Hachette Children's Group
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  • Category: Adventure
  • ISBN: 9780340681060

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Julian, Dick and Anne’s parents have decided to go away on holiday to Scotland. The children are sent to stay with their Aunt Fanny, Uncle Quentin and cousin Georgina at Kirrin Bay. Georgina looks and acts like a boy and refuses to answer to her proper name. Instead, she tells them, they must call her George. It takes George a while to get used to having her cousins about as she has been on her own for so long. She introduces Julian, Dick and Anne to her best friend, Timothy the dog. Timothy is hidden at fisher-boy Alf’s house as George’s father told her to get rid of the mongrel. The children spend their time rowing to nearby Kirrin Island, which belongs to Aunt Fanny but is promised to George when she grows up. Just off the island an old wreck that is purported to contain gold can be seen under the water. On the island are the ruins of a castle. One day a fierce storm lifts the old shipwreck out of the shallows and onto the island. The children plan to explore the wreck and search for the lost gold. Unfortunately other people find out about the ship and want the gold for themselves and so an adventure to outwit them ensues. A classic read, a bit dated in places, but still a good adventure.

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Originally published in 1942, <u>Five on a Treasure Island</u> was the first of twenty-one books devoted to the adventures of <i>The Famous Five</i> - siblings Julian, Dick and Anne, their cousin George (Georgina), and her dog Tim. When Julian, Dick and Anne come to stay with their Aunt Fanny and Uncle Quentin at Kirrin Cottage, they aren't sure they will like their cousin, who is a determined tomboy with a penchant for losing her temper, and an only child's dislike of sharing. But the children soon bond as they find themselves caught up in an adventure involving lost gold ingots on nearby Kirrin Island. Will the Famous Five find the treasure in time...?Inspired by an article which listed Enid Blyton as the sixth-most-popular author in the world, I have recently been trying to read some of her books - not always easy here in the United States, where she is relatively unknown. I found <u>Five on a Treasure Island</u> to be an engaging adventure story for young readers, particularly those who are at the series-reading stage. Although Blyton's writing here is rather formulaic, and she occasionally veers into overt moralizing (all those comments about George learning to share), I thought this title was far superior to anything in her fifteen-book <i>Five Find-Outers and Dog</i> series, which was my introduction to her work. I also appreciated that the edition I read had the original illustrations by Eileen A. Soper, and look forward to the next installment!

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