Poppy’s Book of the Month: The Secret Island

By Poppy Hutchinson age 11

Title: The Secret Island
Series: The Secret Series
Main Characters: Jack, Peggy, Mike & Nora
Published: 1938
First Published by: Basil Blackwell Ltd
Rating (out of 5) : 5 out of 5

The Secret Island (the first book in the Secret Series) is a marvellous read, packed with action and adventure. It was the first adventure novel Blyton ever wrote and what a great job of it she made! The story is based on four children who are all very unhappy due to being mistreated by relatives. Jack is an only child and his grandfather wants rid of him, and Mike, Peggy and Nora are all brothers and sisters being mistreated by a horrid aunt and uncle. Their parents were believed to have been killed in a plane crash. They long to run away, so when Jack shows them a secret place he knows of: The Secret Island, the plans begin to hatch. The children finally run away to the Secret Island taking with them all the things they could possibly want. They avoid searchers, and live a happy, adventure packed life until… I’ll leave you to find that out for yourself. I would recommend this book to 7+ boys or girls.

I gave this book a 5 star rating (the best you could possibly get!) because it is such a fun, exciting book, suitable for almost every age and very enjoyable. It even has humour included such as Daisy the cow swimming all the way from the main land to the Secret Island and Jack hiding in a hen house! I loved this book and am raring to read the rest of this magnificent series.

Happy reading all!

Frontis from the 1st edition, illustrated by E.H. Davie. Taken from ‘The Cave of Books’ at http://www.enidblytonsociety.co.uk

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3 Responses to Poppy’s Book of the Month: The Secret Island

  1. momo1954 says:

    Well done Poppy!!!Very good review!!!


  2. Sarah (Spitfire) says:

    This is one of my favourite Enid Blyton books, Poppy, and your review is spot on. It makes me want to read the book all over again (for the umpteenth time; it never gets old!) I’m glad you enjoyed it so much. I hope you like the rest of the series. I think they’re all good, but The Secret Island has a unique, magical feel to it in my opinion.

    Looking foward to your next review!


  3. Nigel Harding says:

    I agree with the five star rating, it’s a great read and great start to a series. It is my daughter’s favourite Blyton book. There’s more than a hint of Robinson Crusoe as the children survive and thrive on the island. There’s genuine tension during the search for the children followed by a very satisfying denouement with a joyful reunion and a very happy outcome for Jack.


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