I took a pleasant trip down memory lane as my eyes caught sight of a very familiar and famous signature:
I spent many a holiday or weekend curled up with a book from one of her series, getting caught up with the antics and adventures of the Famous Five, Secret Seven and the Twins at St. Clare's. One of my favourite characters was George, a girl who objected to being called by her real name Georgina and whose father, the quintessential mad scientist, was not very tolerant of her and her cousins' antics.
These characters who played junior detectives didn't have costumes, or super powers and they certainly didn't morph into super heroes but they had secret passwords, a headquarters in the garden shed and smarts. Ginger beer was the drink of choice and holidays were spent outside solving mysteries and in the case of the twins, their life at boarding school was positively exciting. They introduced me to lacrosse. A game we certainly never played. All of this took place of course in the absence of video games, computers and the like. Aah the simple life.
Then there was the Magical Faraway Tree series
starring a huge magic tree in an enchanted wood. I made a point of buying these for my son and wasn't slightly surprised to see that the characters had changed. Oh he would have loved the original set, but those were written long, long ago in the 1940's.
My American friends didn't know these books when I was a little girl and I wonder whether much has changed. I did a little search and found them at Amazon but quite a few were "out of stock" - still in demand I guess.
I was thrilled however to find that there was a tv version of the Famous Five Series. I guess I had grown up by then. :) . Take a look, but I'd really love it if you could find the book. If I am successful I might even host an Enid Blyton giveaway.