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Castle of Adventure [Paperback]

Enid Blyton
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April 28 1983

The second exciting installment in Enid Blyton's Adventure series

Why is everyone so afraid of the castle on the hill, and what dark secrets lurk inside its walls? Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, Jack, and Kiki the parrot are on holiday in the countryside, staying on the side of Castle Hill. When flashing lights are seen in a distant tower, they decide to investigate—and discover a very sinister plot concealed within its hidden rooms and gloomy underground passages.

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Enid Blyton, who died in 1968, is one of the most popular and prolific children's authors of all time. She wrote more than 700 books, which have been translated into many languages throughout the world. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Adventure reading Oct. 3 2013
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I bought this for my granddaughter (age 7) who loves reading the Enid Blyton "adventure" books that her mother enjoyed. This one lived up to expectations and I have purchased the set for her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Adventure stories for kids! Sept. 25 2006
By K. Reed - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Enid Blyton's Adventure series (and other books) are a sure hit with kids! I read them many times as a child and was excited to find them so my kids can read them! The books series has great morals, adventure without terror, and applauds creativity and bravery. I am so glad they are so easily available at this time.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Castle of Adventure...kindle edition Oct. 23 2012
By namwan kalong - Published on Amazon.com
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Growing up overseas, we all read English author Enid Blyton's "Adventure" series. There was always a long line for reading this particular series and we considered ourselves lucky if we got to read one that week from our school library. Many years later, seeing them available on Kindle ( thankfully not having to store them in my bookshelves)I decided to give them a try to see if they were still timeless enough to pass down to my great nephews/nieces. Although this particular book has a weaker plot than the earlier books in the series, it is still good. Compared to more recent books designed for this age group, it has a strong emphasis on loyalty, problem solving and self-reliance. Further, the language is in readable English without the poor grammar so common in more recent kids' books. Static language teaches grammar and I feel should be teaching correctly. It is worth the purchase for a kids mystery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Strong Second Volume in the Series April 29 2013
By Pop Bop - Published on Amazon.com
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"Castle of Adventure" was the second of Blyton's "Adventure" series books, and was published in 1946. Unlike some others in the series it kept its title in the U.S. edition.

The book reintroduces Jack (the bird lover) and his sister Lucy-Ann (a bit on the timid side). They are orphans who are informally adopted by Mrs. Mannering because of their friendship with Mrs. Mannering's children and because of her great fondness for them. Mrs. Mannering's children are Philip (the animal whisperer) and Dinah (squeamish about animals, but level headed and independent). The cast is rounded out by Kiki, Jack's pet parrot and the comic relief in the books. The children's ages range from 14 for Jack and Philip to 12 for Dinah and 11 for Lucy-Ann.

In each book the two sets of siblings find themselves on school vacation with Mrs. Mannering, (and by this book also with Bill Smugs - Mrs. Mannering's friend and a member of an unspecified British secret service). Each book starts out with the family going on a simple, relaxing holiday, (here it's Easter in Scotland), but mystery, suspense and skullduggery always rears its head about three chapters in. The books feature islands, castles, underground rivers, subterranean tunnels, spies, smugglers, assassins, and other neer do wells.

In "Castle of Adventure", the children are staying at a cottage in the Highlands. From there they can see an abandoned castle high above at the end of an inaccessible road. After meeting a local girl and learning of a secret way to the castle all sorts of mysteries are uncovered and adventures undertaken.

This book recaps all of the characters, their relationships to each other, their various personalities and the group dynamics, (Philip teases Dinah, Lucy-Ann dotes on brother Jack, and so on), that will be consistent throughout the series. It's not necessary to have read book one, ("Island of Adventure"), or to have followed the books chronologically, but it probably would be helpful since the first book does establish all of the basics. (That said, each later book does rather efficiently set the basics out again, in the first chapters, for new readers.)

This is a stronger book from a girl's point of view, since the two girls are now much more involved in the most exciting parts than in the earlier book. Perhaps the strongest note, apart from the whiz bang adventure, is that apart from some teasing and the like all of the children trust and admire each other, and the siblings are loyal to each other and their friends. There is none of the incessant sibling conflict that is popular in many current books. There is no moralizing or preaching, but there is a powerful undercurrent of courage, bravery and doing one's duty that is always in the background.

Blyton was criticized by "serious" reviewers for using short declaratory sentences and an undemanding vocabulary. Her response was that she did not listen to any critic who was over 12 years old. That said, these are not light weight or simpleminded books. The characters have charm and individual personalities. There is no pretense of grand literary accomplishment, but these are exhilarating and suspenseful adventure tales, well told. It is a testament to their quality that most of the reviews at this site have been written by people who read the books in the childhoods and still remember them vividly.

And, these books do stand the test of time. Caves, tunnels, floods, deep holes, secret passages, hidden doors, underground rivers, abandoned buildings, creepy noises, mysterious lights and sounds - all of the standards of tween adventure - start here, in the hands of a writer who knew how to tell a gripping story.

These books were hard to find in the U.S. until reprints began to appear. I'm delighted to see that we now have Kindle versions, which makes it easy and relatively inexpensive to try one. If you have a tween or even younger reader who likes gung-ho adventure and imaginative larking about, then one of these might be worth a try.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All time favorites April 9 2013
By Sangi - Published on Amazon.com
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The adventure series were among my favorite Enid Blyton books and it was a delight reading the Castle of Adventure again. It is so wonderful that my children can have easy access to the books that I grew up with. My 12 year old loves her Kindle and the best thing about these timeless books is that you can read them again and again and enjoy them every time.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Revisiting my childhood Dec 28 2012
By hema18 - Published on Amazon.com
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Just loved these books and Enid Blyton when growing up. Great to have them in ebook form and re-read them all.
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