Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Book Review: Enid Blyton's Secret Series

Growing up reading Enid Blyton's books, I am really pleased to find this series again. I set down to read them and was transported back to my childhood times. I knew these books are geared toward young readers, and I was prepared to capture only a portion of the magic I remembered.

To my surprise, I still found them very entertaining. The story is set in England on early 20th century. However, the thrill of these adventures does not lessen, even if I am reading them in the 21st century.

The first book in the series is The Secret Island, which tells of the first adventure the children had. Mike, Nora, and Peggy are treated badly by their aunt and uncle after their parents went missing for 2 years. Their friend, Jack, is not better off, with his parents both passed away. Jack finds a secret island, and the children then plan their escape from the home life they cannot stand.

The second book, The Secret of Spiggy Holes tells of the children's vacation on a coast where smugglers used to roam and trade. Surely there won't be any smuggling going on now on these days now, will it?

In The Secret Mountain, the children are off to find their missing parents. They are in a strange land with the people whose language they don't understand. How will they survive this ordeal?

The Secret of Killimooin tells about the adventures the children are having in a foreign land called Baronia. A journey that starts with a simple vacation plan turns into a more heartbeat-raising pace when they encounter unexplainable phenomenons in this faraway country.

When their friend's parents decide to vacation in England, the search for an appropriate vacation home (a.k.a. castle) is on. Dozens of choices are discarded, and then they discover the Moon Castle. But why are the caretakers trying so hard to prevent them from renting it? What could The Secret of Moon Castle be?

All five books are delightful to read. I highly recommend them for beginner readers.

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