|Title:||The Rockingdown Mystery (Barney Mysteries #1)|
|Publisher:||Wm. Collins Sons and Co. Ltd.|
|Tags:||adventure, fiction, juvenile, mystery|
Roger, Diana and their orphaned cousin Snubby, along with his dog Loony, go on holiday to Rockingdown with their mother's old governess Miss Pepper, but with the prospect of lessons taken by a tutor while they are there they feel sure they will be in for rather a dull time. Then they meet Barney the circus boy, who is searching for his long-lost father, along with Miranda, his pet monkey, and suddenly Rockingdown isn't quite so dull after all. A mysterious old house with an abandoned nursery, noises in the night, and a tutor who is acting suspiciously, all add up to a first exciting adventure for the four children, where friendships are forged and mysteries need solving...
—Robert Houghton [Suggest a different description.]
|Comments:||Illustrations have been omitted as they are not yet out of copyright.|
Author Bio for Blyton, Enid
Enid Blyton (1897-1968) was a prolific English author of children's books. Born in London, she began writing while still in school. Her first attempts at writing were rejected by publishers which just made her more determined to succeed. She trained as a teacher and in her spare time continued to write. Her first book, a collection of poems, was published in 1922. Her first series of books, "Old Thatch", began in 1934 and eventually encompassed 28 books. In the 1940's she began to churn out books sometimes three or four per year. By the 1950's she was publishing upwards of 50 books per year. In all, she wrote over 750 books which sold over 600 million copies. While critics called her writing unimaginative and lacking literary merit, this did not stop her adoring fans from scooping her books off the shelf. Even after her death, her endearing stories continue to draw the rapt attention of children everywhere. (Enid Blyton Society)
Most of Blyton's books were illustrated. Unfortunately, many of the illustrators are not yet in the public domain here in Canada. Each edition of her books frequently brought a different set of illustrations by a different illustrator. When possible, we include the illustrations from any edition where the artist is in the public domain. We have a few of her early nature books which we have chosen not to publish, as the art is integral to the book. However, most of her stories appear to be quite standalone without the art, and we bring them to you un-illustrated. Many of the first edition illustrations can be found on the Enid Blyton Society website: https://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk/
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