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The Secret Seven (The Secret Seven #1)

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It's their very first adventure, and the Secret Seven super-sleuths are already on the trail of some really weird clues. It's snowing and the Seven are dressed in disguise, following a lead to a spooky old house - and a mystery.
Paperback, 144 pages
Published April 20th 2006 by Hodder (first published 1949)
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This is the first book in the Secret Seven Series (although Peter and Janet had appeared in an earlier book called “At Seaside Cottage” in 1947 and the formation of the Secret Seven was told in “Secret of the Old Mill” in 1948).

The Secret Seven consists of Peter and his sister Janet, and their friends Jack, Colin, George, Pam and Barbara . Peter and Janet’s spaniel Scamper is an unofficial member of the Seven and helps warn them when Jack’s annoying little sister, Susie, is creeping about spyin...more
Tammi Doyle
I read this first installment of Blyton's Secret Seven series to my children, aged 5 and 7, after having read 5 Famous Five books to them previously. I thought it would bore them because the content is tamer, less thrilling. In fact, they appeared to engage more with the Seven than they did with the Five and I guess it's because the Seven are more age appropriate. How disappointing! Half the joy of reading to your children is it legitimately allows you the indulgence of children's literature tha...more
Oh what a wonderful adventure! And how lovely it was to take this trip with the Seven :D :D

Childhood memories of curling up with their books come back to me as I read this one. Nostalgia is at its peak right now. I remember how much I loved the idea of having a secret society and creating adventures of my own as a child. Reading this book brought back memories of sitting atop a wall with my friends, talking about adventures and queer happenings in our society while going off to 'investigate'. Of...more
Milo Kim
This book is really called, I think, The Stupid Seven. I mean, come on!! These guys have peas for brains. I have never heard of kids like this. It's like, "Huh! Here's some tire tracks! I wonder if I should copy them down!" Other person: "No, no, they couldn't be useful at all!"

Beware this book. And especially all the other books that follow it in the series. It may cause serious brain damage. BEWARE!
Kate Beeden
The Secret Seven is the first book in the series. First published in 1949 there are definitely parts of it that seem dated, especially some turns of phrase that are used (particularly by straight laced Janet). However they were probably also outdated in the mid 1980s when I read these books the first time, and I was never aware that they were so old fashioned through my childhood eyes. The same could well be true for children in modern society, infact I would go as far as to assume that it IS tr...more
Nelina Kapetsoni
To be honest, I never made the connection of the badge SS with fascist Germany, probably because I've read the Greek translation of the books (and there it's ME). It does make sense however, and since Blyton wrote so soon after WWII the initials are distasteful. Anyway, for me this series is the weakest of all adventure series written by Blyton. The protagonist, Jack, is actually a bossy, arrogant and sexist male in the disguise of a boy. And unlike Fatty from the Five Find-Outers (another serie...more
Eunice Biblioceraptor
Not one of her better mystery novels, to be frank. [edit: oh dear god I just realised 'Frank' was a rally bad unintentional pun here on my part.]
And wearing badges with 'SS' on it is a brilliant idea after WWII. Maybe they should also shave their heads and bleach their hair blonde as well.
Much of my childhood reading involved mass produced children's mysteries -- started with The Secret Seven, graduated on to The Famous Five (also Enid Blyton) and then hit Trixie Belden and Nancy Drew. What a way to spend a childhood!
Author: Enid Blyton
Illustrator: George Brook
First Published: 1949

I remember, when I first read these, one was either a Famous Five or a Secret Seven fan. I can't remember which side I fell.

Having now read the first of each with my 7yo I find myself in the Secret Seven camp.

First up, they're shorter. (*grin*)

But also I found the adventure better developed, the characters more intelligent, the problem to be solved less selfish, and the adults (they're parents) more approachable.

On the negative, th...more
It was winter , the beginning of a new adventure for the secret seven . They made snow men just for having fun. Then , in the house beside where they made the snow men , Jack heard weird noises. They saw a windowless van and strange loud whines. After that, they decided to disguise in white sheets and stand beside the snow men to discover what all these noises about. Two of the secret seven went inside the house and were caught by two evil men and locked them in the cellar and to their surprise...more
A Quickie Review

It had some old school charm going for it, but it was too short to be all that involving. Interestingly enough, my copy was from India; it was in English, and I bought it at a library sale, so...who knows?
Francesca Tubito
This book is a great mystery book. Enid Blyton is one of my favourite authors because I love the way she writes and describes things. The Secret Seven series is about 7 children who always find mysteries to solve. I love this series because I also like solving mysteries at my house but these children solve big mysteries which are always making me wonder how it will finish. I read this book in one day because once you start reading you can never stop. I really enjoyed this book and I think others...more
The books of the seven on adventures together were very transporting in their action and addictive with their infectious enthusiasm, when I borrowed them in bulk from my school library. The relationship of the characters with their pets and the world around them gives these books ample dangerous situations along with comic relief. I just loved them and sometimes read two of the seven's books in a day during summer holidays in school.

The sumptious breakfasts, the colourful escapades, the wild plo...more
Jax Holt
The Secret Seven is the first installment in The Secret Seven series. It is written by Enid Blyton.

The book is abhor the Secret Seven getting together but they don't know what to do. The society decides they want to solve a mystery! They have to keep their eyes and ears open. One night, Jack, a member of the society, sees a car and a trailer coming down a lane and then he hears two men. What makes it worse, is when he hears squealing coming from the trailer. What is it? Jack and the others now h...more
Tom Seward
Enid Blyton is an amazing childrens author, bestselling in the
world. Although almost undiscovered by Americans.

This series (The Secret Seven) Features 7 children who form a
backyard club. They love to have meetings with Secret
Passwords, etc. Soon, they begin to fall into mysteries. This
series is for the younger reader than the other series Enid
Blyton wrote for children. 8-10 years old maybe.
Great reading. introduce your children to Enid Blyton today!
Sharon Gamble
All was mischief the hole way throw the book great chapters. Every chapter I read I wouldn't change a bit.
There was a best bit for me where Peter and Colin where in the house with the man sleeping and trying to find out how was captured. Over all a lot of action and great book.
By Jessica
Pearce Taylor
I started with the famous five and then went to secret seven, I love these books, I agree they are a little out of date now, they were written in the 1950's so you have to expect that, I lobe how they spoke, so British and old fashioned, easy to read and great story
I love and have read all the secret seven books. it is very exiting for young teenages but i still love to go back to them and enjoy the adventure all over again. enid blyton is an awesome author! if you love the secret seven you will enjoy reading 'The Famous Five'!!!
I just finished reading this book to my kids. I think I enjoyed it more than they did as they found the creepy bad guys a bit scary. Other than that I think it was well-written for their level and look forward to reading more of the series with them.
I loved the adventures these kids got up to. i grew up reading Enid Blyton Books. unfortunately i never ended up getting the whole series. i loved the freedom and the fact these kids predate scooby doo!
Lived secret seven as a kid - didn't want to copy my pal who was into the famous five :-) Maybe give a go reading to the kids although tbh don't think I could face it:-)
Aditya Patil
Read this book in school in library sessions. Enid Blyton was one of the primary reasons why i took up to reading.
This was the first novel I read as a kid. It was also the first of many Enid Blyton books I would read over the following five years or so (although I soon much preferred The Famouse Five to The Secret Seven series). I can't remember the specifics of the story so I can't say whether or not it's any good - and since I'm not a kid any more, if I were to re-read it I doubt I could respond to it authentically as if I were one! The cover brings me back though.

[Review of 2011 transferred from another...more
David Sarkies
Well there are a few things that I can say about this book the first being that it seems to be a retelling of an earlier story 'The Mystery of the Secret Room'. In many ways it simply seemed to be the same story with different characters and a slightly different mystery. The reason that I say that is because both stories seem to focus around an old abandoned house and in both stories the children go to a real estate agent, where there is a 16 year old boy behind the counter, to learn who actual...more
Amy Higgs
'The Secret Seven' is the first in the series by Enid Blyton, following the success of her 'Famous Five' series.

The book follows seven children- Peter, Janet, Jack, Barbara, Pam, Colin, George and their dog Scamper. The group of friends hold secret meetings to discuss current issues and decide to keep an eye out for any strange activity in the neighbourhood in the hope of uncovering a mystery they can solve.

The group do just that and before long they find some strange activities to investigate...more
Sapta Siapa: Serikat rahasia tujuh anak yang begitu piawai memecahkan misteri sampai-sampai polisi pun kalah!

Buku pertama dari lima belas buku serial Sapta Siaga (The Secret Seven). Membacanya bikin ingat kembali kenapa dulu sukaaa banget sama serial Malory Towers dan serial Lima Sekawan. Sederhana: karena seru. Jadi pingin ngoleksi serial ini huohoho.

Ceritanya mengalir lancar sekali, gak kerasa 128 halaman langsung habis. Sayang, tokoh-tokohnya suka mengumpat. Bisa menjadi contoh buruk bagi pem...more
Liam Gapa
I like this book because the boys steal the horse from the horrible men.
the men paint the horse a diffrent colour .
Im looking foward to reading the nx secret seven book

lola gapa age 7 2014
SophiaW CLC
This series is a great series about a group of kids with some really great sleuthing skills. I loved this books when I was little and I was really inspired by them. I still think making a club of friends is a great idea. I love the mysteries they get into and the way they find all the crucial clues.
I think that this book is really good so far and I'm half way through and it is great!

: )
Mady Gowtham
Its mysterious and interesting.I like enid blyton writings.....
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Born in 1897 in South London, Enid Mary Blyton was the eldest of three children, and showed an early interest in music and reading. She was educated at St. Christopher's School, Beckenham, and - having decided not to pursue her music - at Ipswich High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years before her 1924 marriage to editor Hugh Pollock, with whom she had tw...more
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