Enid Blyton, Narinder Dhami, Patrice Lawrence, Lucy Mangan, Rebecca Westcott Smith
Hachette JUN 25, 2019 | 9781444951004 | RRP $14.99
If there’s anything Enid Blyton readers love more than EB stories – it’s more of them! The prolific writer who created so many memorable characters and series has left a legacy that continues to resonate with new generations of young readers.
Now it’s time to welcome some new girls to Malory Towers with four new stories each written by a notable author. Each continues to tell the adventures and mishaps, friendships and quarrels of the well-known pupils but introduces a new character into the mix. Marietta, Evelyn, Sunita and Maggie bring new perspectives into the crowd of Malory girls and despite some hiccups at the start are of course welcomed into the fold. Naturally there are those who continue to make things trickier for all – spoiled Gwendoline, for example – but in the true spirit of Malory all is resolved without enduring hard feelings. Honesty, justice, loyalty and acceptance are all evident in the stories as they always were. This is what has made this one of Enid’s most enduring and popular series 73 years after the original First Term at Malory Towers was published.
These new writers have brought a freshness to the originals while still retaining the ‘flavour’ of Enid’s unique style which will ensure an enthusiastic reception from the intended audience.
The Blyton books on our library shelves are among the most heavily borrowed – and recommended to peers. This will be no exception and undoubtedly will cause much excitement when it appears.
Highly recommended for young readers from around mid-primary.
By Enid Blyton
Illustrated by Mark Beech
Is there anything better than an Enid Blyton book? The answer to that is only when it is a superb new gift book of excerpts and stories especially selected by some of our favourite authors – including our very own Andy Griffiths!
Just in time for Christmas this is an absolutely beautiful book richly illustrated and with each piece lovingly introduced by its celebrity selector including such notables as Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, Danny Baker and Holly Smale.
With selections from The Secret Seven, Famous Five, Magic Faraway Tree, Wishing Chair, the Naughtiest Girl and many more there is something to appeal to all Enid Blyton fans. For children who are just starting out on their EB journey this would be a fabulous introduction to help them choose the start of their exciting explorations into the many worlds created by this remarkable woman.
For those of us who grew up on a staple diet of Enid it’s a wonder chance to re-visit some old favourites including some we may have forgotten in the mists of time.
Whether the reader will curl up and read independently or randomly dip into it for a cosy read-aloud there will be plenty of takers for this one.
Highly recommended for readers from seven years upwards and for loving parents or grandparents to share with their favourite little people.
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The upcoming anniversary of Enid Blyton’s birth prompted me to start preparing a display for the occasion – particularly as I thought the Faraway Tree also fitted so well with this year’s Book Week theme of Escape to Everywhere. The tree is pretty much ready as well as some Enid Blyton bunting, some vintage and new books, a vintage Famous Five card game (as it’s also the 70th anniversary of the FF) and even some Enid Blyton earrings 🙂 as well as my ‘dress up’. Pretty excited that after arriving at my new school I discover that this will be the theme for a very special Year 2 morning tea this term! Huzzah!!!!
Would love to hear what other people might be doing as well!
This just came through on an email from School Magazine.
Ooooh, after our amazing Pottermania event I’m now imagining an EB celebration!!
Does ANYONE know when the Magic Faraway Tree movie is being released btw?
August marks the 120th birthday of children’s author Enid Blyton. Among her best-loved series are ‘The Famous Five’, ‘The Secret Seven’ and ‘The Faraway Tree’. Take a fascinating tour of Enid Blyton book cover art from the 1940s to the present day.…
Watch a short video of Enid Blyton at home with her family in 1946.