|Title:||The Mystery of the Burnt Cottage (Five Find-Outers #1)|
|Publisher:||Granada Publishing Limited|
|Tags:||fiction, juvenile, mystery|
This is the first of Enid Blyton's thrilling 'Mystery' books. It is the story of five children and their dog Buster. They become detectives, trying to discover who set fire to a thatched cottage, and what an exciting adventure it became!
Brief Summary by Julie Heginbotham: One April night, the sky of Peterswood is lit up by the brightness of a cottage on fire. Fatty, Larry, Daisy, Bets, Pip, and Buster the dog, set about trying to solve this exciting mystery of who burnt down Mr Hicks' cottage workshop in his garden. They make lists of suspects they want to interview and try and find as many clues as they can, whilst trying to avoid the wrath of the village policeman, Mr Goon, who the children nickname 'old Clear Orf.' Will they manage to solve the Mystery of the Burnt Cottage before Mr Goon does? [Suggest a different description.]
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)
Author Bio for Abbey, Joseph
Joseph Abbey (1888-1954) was an English book illustrator. He was born in Amsterdam but his family moved to England when he was an infant. His father having died and his mother was committed to an institution, he was moved to an orphanage where he grew up. He demonstrated talent early in his life when he won a drawing competition for a picture of a clown at age 14. He started illustrating books in the 1920s and is best known for illustrating six of Enid Blyton's stories in the 'Five Finder-Outers' series. (Bear Alley Books)
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