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Subject: Have you ever read or heard the series call "The Famous Five"?
Date Posted: 9/8/2008 4:48 PM ET
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"The Famous Five" by Enid Blyton

I read them when I was a kid, (in Chinese in Taiwan) and I loved them!  I try to find some for my daughter, but it seems they were not populare here.  No one I know heard of them.   Has anyone of here read or heard of this series?   Where can I find them?

Luckly I found two of them from dollar book store.  They were from London!.  I wish I can have more of them~


Date Posted: 9/9/2008 4:28 PM ET
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Enid Blyton is probably one of the most famous English children's book authors - I doubt there's anyone from England who didn't read one of her "Famous Five" or "Secret Seven" series when they were growing up. Her Noddy series was also very fun but deemed too politically incorrect  in recent years. Not a problem that existed, when they were written!

As most copies are going to be English publications, you might struggle to find them on PBS. Going to send you a PM with a couple of suggestions for places to check .....

Date Posted: 9/9/2008 7:26 PM ET
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Thank you for your info.  So, they weren't published here, right?  I really like them and so does my daughter now!

Subject: Famous Five
Date Posted: 9/10/2008 12:03 AM ET
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I loved these, I read them in Thailand in English. She also wrote a bunch of school series, maybe you read Mallory Towers? I've gotten some over here, but they aren't common. I asked our librarian to buy them for us (the famous five), and she did. Now I just need to keep checking them out every now & then so that they'll stay. Others I've bought from the UK. My kids love the Far-away Tree series. Enid Blyton is coming back in fashion again, so you might see more in a few years.

Date Posted: 9/11/2008 3:57 PM ET
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Oh man, that brings back memories. I was quite surprised when I moved here from England that Enid Blyton is not more popular over here. I was more of a Mallory Towers girl than Famous Five, but still... and I LOVED the Magic Faraway Tree books too.

Did you know they are bringing out some new Famous Five books? It was announced just a few weeks ago. Not written by Enid Blyton, of course. But the brand is popular enough in England that I guess there's still money in it!

I would check amazon.co.uk.... there's bound to be loads of second hand Enid Blyton books listed.



Date Posted: 9/14/2008 1:46 AM ET
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Oh and the St. Clare's books, those were good also.

Our librarian has ordered a bunch more. One of my son's friends is reading the famous five now. Then again, his mother was born in India & read all of these too.

I cannot see Why they would need to write more books, she wrote so many! I'd be a little disappointed if I bought a book I thought was by her and it turned out not to be.

Date Posted: 9/14/2008 6:04 PM ET
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I have the first 21 paperback books in the series (and a few of the newer ones.)  I got most of them by trading a woman in Australia some Trixie Belden books that she really wanted to have.  I just happened to be on a Trixie Belden board and someone was really wanting some Deluxe Editions Trixie Beldens (which I had extras of)  that were hard to find in Australia.  I asked her if she would be willing to trade some Famous Five books (which are plentiful in Australia.)  We traded and were both happy!!!  It cost a bit to mail them, but not as much as if I ordered them one at a time from eBayUK.  I read and LOVED the Famous Five when I was young.  Our library carried them at the time.  I now have the Mallory Towers books and the Adventure series.  I have more the half of the Secret Seven but I'm not as interested in getting them.  I got a lot of Enid Blyton books off of PBS because of my wishlist.  Someone had about 50 EB books that they asked me about.  She posted them and I ordered them one by one.  I had to buy credits to get them all!

I am having health problems, so I have time to read right now.  Maybe I'll get out my Famous Five and read them.  I had a few extra FF books and I listed them on PBS.  They went quickly!!

Subject: Navrang.com
Date Posted: 9/14/2008 11:21 PM ET
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You can purchase the Famous Five books new online from Navrang.com. I bought from them and their prices and shipping are really very reasonable. I only wish that I could afford all the books I want :) rr My grandmother was a teacher (now retired) and when I was younger, I would go down to her basement and read some of her books. That was where I found my first famous five book. I have since purchased off ebay, amazon, at garage sales, and at used book stores. They are hard to find though. I particularly like the "secret" series and the "Barney" series. Both are incredibly hard to find. We (my sister and I) found the ones we had on ebay. I see that Navrang has them right now, though. Their stock seems to vary. Good luck shopping!