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Book Title: Well Done, Secret Seven|
Date of issue: April 2006
ISBN 13: 9780340917565
The author of the book: Enid Blyton
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 334 KB
Edition: Hodder Children's Books
Read full description of the books Well Done, Secret Seven:This title is #3 of 15 novels in the Secret Seven Series, originally published in the late 1940's and 50's. I would categorize it as a cozy English mystery for kids. Many reviewers of the English version have remarked on how dated it seems. Of course the Brisitsh characters and their circumstances are not those of 21st century American culture. However, I tend to agree with one of the reviewers who remarked that since she herself (as a child reader) hadn't noticed the disparities, she doubted most kids would pay much attention to those cultural differences. Her argument was that because the adventure and the idea of belonging to a secret club really captured her as a reader, she wasn't bothered by how different the seven British kids' experiences were from her own.
After a slow start, the plot picked up momentum, and came to a satisfying conclusion. I have one complaint about the artwork on the cover. The treehouse described in the novel only consists of planks tied to branches, with no sides, roof, or ladder up to it. In fact, much is made in the book about the difficulty various club members have in climbing the trunk, even with the natural footholds and handholds. Tony Ross' depiction of the treehouse on the cover of this new revised edition has a full-blown cabin in the tree, with a partially hidden ladder behind a thick trunk.
I wish I could say that I think this series in Spanish has a potentially wide appeal for our students, but I really think it will only attract a certain small group of mystery/adventure lovers. If a library has a need for a series that could follow The Magic Treehouse series, and there are suffient funds, this one might be a candidate.
Read information about the authorEnid Mary Blyton (1897 - 1968) was an English author of children's books.
Born in South London, Blyton was the eldest of three children, and showed an early interest in music and reading. She was educated at St. Christopher's School, Beckenham, and - having decided not to pursue her music - at Ipswich High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years before her 1924 marriage to editor Hugh Pollock, with whom she had two daughters. This marriage ended in divorce, and Blyton remarried in 1943, to surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters. She died in 1968, one year after her second husband.
Blyton was a prolific author of children's books, who penned an estimated 800 books over about 40 years. Her stories were often either children's adventure and mystery stories, or fantasies involving magic. Notable series include: The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Five Find-Outers, Noddy, The Wishing Chair, Mallory Towers, and St. Clare's.
According to the Index Translationum, Blyton was the fifth most popular author in the world in 2007, coming after Lenin but ahead of Shakespeare.
See also her pen name Mary Pollock
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