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Five Get Into A Fix (Famous Five #17)

3.89  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,201 Ratings  ·  62 Reviews
The excitement of skiing and toboganning turns into adventure when the Five are led to investigate an old house - complete with underground passage - and uncover a startling secret...
Paperback, 160 pages
Published 1995 by Hodder (first published 1958)
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Mark Lawrence
I'm going to tear this book a new orifice. My tongue will be in my cheek - this book just seems to be a particularly fine example of Blyton's worst habits. Bear with me. Apologies to Enid Blyton but I've read 30+ of her books and she's been dead 47 years, so I doubt it will worry her.

I've read a lot of Enid Blyton, most of it when I was 10. Recently I've been reading the books to my daughter, Celyn. This is one of the ones we have on audiobook. It's set in Wales and not helped by the fact that n
Holly Roberts
Feb 13, 2014 Holly Roberts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Would just like to comment in relation to the uneducated amongst you, who are commenting stating the book as disgusting and confusing and offensive. All of the terms, characters and names were acceptable in the society and age Blyton wrote them! Dick was and is a shortened name for Richard? The only reason it is deemed offensive now as modern society has altered this word so it means something rather different! This was normal and acceptable and you'd have to be stupid not to realise that and be ...more
Jan 19, 2015 Saniya rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the updated review since the last one I did years ago was not up to the mark.

I have to admit. After reading this piece of work written by one of my favorite childhood authors, I was profoundly disappointed. I didn't expect this from Enid Blyton at all.
This book had major hints of racism and sexism and the only explanation or shall I say, excuse, that I can come up with was that this book was set and written in a different era and now that I am reading it 2010-11, this book seemed really
Nov 18, 2011 Kirsti rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was definitely one of the better five books, although I love them all. I love the ones not set at kirrin, as I've said before. This story begins with the children all suffering from terrible colds, and being told they should not return to school until they've had a dose of bracing air and recovered. So it's off to Magga Glen, for tobogganing and skiing. Timmy for once cuases a bit of trouble and distress when he is bailed up by a few of the seven farm dogs, and it is decided the children wi ...more
Jan 30, 2016 Chava rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just love Famous Five, huge childhood favourite!!
Anne, George, Dick, Julian, and Timmy, the dog decided to go on a vacation as their school is closed. Anne, George, Dick, and Julian are suffering from cold and cough and they tired of sitting at home and doing nothing as this is making them weak and tired. They all inquired at the Holiday planner, but to their dismay they find that they are not functioning due to the heavy snow. Their mother inquires with an old man, whose sister lives at the countryside and runs a cottage there. Their mother i ...more
Feb 25, 2009 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read these books when I was ten years old or so. They tell me that Enid Blyton was racist. I didn't get the feeling when I read the books.. Perhaps I was too young to see it.
Virgilio Machado
Queridos amiguinhos.
Aqui têm a décima-sétima aventura dos Cinco. Espero que gostarão dela - desta vez é que eles estão em apuros.
Boa sorte lhes deseja
Enid Blyton

Dec 16, 2010 Prashansa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: enid-blyton
Very boring. Nothing else I wanna say. Only 2 stars** for this.
Five Get In The Way And Almost Ruin Everything.
Ahh, good times! I remember saving up my pocket money to buy this adventure. The sleuthing element in this one is almost nonexistent - while they manage to be gloriously independent most of the time, they wouldn't have made it out alive of this story without direct adult intervention (and really it's more fun when the adults are either oblivious/negligent parents or incredibly dim witted). Full marks for food descriptions and general fun but not th
David Sarkies
Apr 21, 2015 David Sarkies rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Enid Blyton lovers
Recommended to David by: My Dad
Shelves: adventure
The Famous Five get in the way
23 April 2014

Well, I did not find this particular story as exciting as some of the other Famous Five stories, and it had nothing to do with the complaints that this particular reviewer made, though I am not going to criticise her review, or her opinion of the book, because she is perfectly entitled to her opinion. Further it would make me a hypocrite considering my commentary on Mister Dog.

Anyway, first of all I found that a couple of the covers, such as this one
Anthea Manuel
Jul 12, 2013 Anthea Manuel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: enid-blytons
This book is awesome.
In this book...

Julian, Dick, Ann and George are sick with the measles during their Christmas vacation. Even when they got up they still had horrible coughs. The doctor then suggested for them to go to a hilly area for some time before going back to school.
So they went off to Magga Glen, of course with Timmy their dog. In the beginning the five had a great time but then Timmy and the other dogs get into a fight and he gets bitten in the neck. Even though it's mild George wan
Jan 31, 2015 Milley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4
Reading these again as an adult. I really enjoyed this one. I think a 4.5

I liked the ragamuffin Aily. The different setting and in winter too. With this one i noticed or finally clue in as to how close the climax is to the end of the story and how short. that is probably a good strategy for childrens books. Children can enjoy the suspense and fear but not for too long and the resolution is close at hand.
Apr 09, 2012 Tynnika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
When I was, say 10-11, my mum pulled this book off the library shelf and told me she had read it when she was little. I have to say, that put me off a little bit. I mean something your mother had read? Not cool... But my mum somehow perrsuaded me to try the book. I went home and read it that day and immediately fell in love with it. I wanted to find more about what happens to George, Dick, Julian, Timmy and little Anne. It was, as Dick would say, 'Absolutely smashing' Within weeks I had borrowed ...more
Jan 24, 2015 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun one, with Wales and Welsh and sheepdogs and mining of . . . something. Actually there was enough going on, a longer setup, random characters etc. so this could have been better with more room (length/pages) for Blyton to work.

Elwi Zakia
Buku ini saya pinjam beberapa bulan yang lalu dari teman saya. Dia berkata bahwa buku ini menarik untuk dibaca. Walaupun buku ini berseri, tak masalah jika diloncat, karena tak ada saling keterkaitan.
Bahasanya menarik, mudah dicerna dan memang pas untuk anak-anak. Dari buku ini, saya jadi tahu aksen Wales, yang katanya jika sedang bicara terdengar seperti orang yang bernyanyi (Walau agak sulit membayangkannya).
Pokoknya, buku ini pas dibaca saat liburan sekolah atau akhir pekan (Pagi hari bersam
Amasha Peiris
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Darren Harrison
Sep 23, 2014 Darren Harrison rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My personal favorite of Blyton's Famous Five adventures though my personal favorite Blyton book is "Valley of Adventure" (for a highly nostalgic reason)
Feb 22, 2014 Lili rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Book I loved and since children and grandchildren adore, everyone of Blyton's books are enjoyable readable and loved by all
May 17, 2015 Richa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blyton has tried to make this interesting and different in its setting. The nature of mystery, alas, is a repetition.
Aug 07, 2014 Mari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-swedish, own, crime, 2014
Fem-gänget åker iväg till en bondgård i Wales de sista dagarna på sitt jullov för att återhämta sig från influensan. Väl där märker de att mystiska saker händer i och under den Gamla Borgen på berget jämte. Det mullrar och skakar i marken och ett konstigt sken syns stiga upp från berget för att sedan försvinna. Givetvis kan de inte låta bli att undersöka detta.

Det här är en riktig barndomsklassiker för mig och det var en av de första bokserierna som jag verkligen slukade en bok efter en annan. J
Jake Collins
Apr 20, 2014 Jake Collins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A winning combination of snow, mysterious rumblings and Welsh people.
As with all Famous Five books, this is of the same trusted and successful formula.

I loved these books as a child and I am delighted that my girls loved them as children too.

The stories are adventures of a byegone age, yet still hold the attention of children, around the world...... they have stood the test of time well - and for a great reason.

The stories are plausible, fun, adventurous and contain an excellent mix of young characters... with a little bit of everyone in each of them - something
Oct 30, 2010 Durdles rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
So they all got the 'flu' and had to go and stay in North Wales in the snow and go skiing. It's "Five go down to the sea" light with local girl saying "bach" in her "sing-song voice" and some sheepdogs with very unWelsh sounding names. Tang and Boom anyone? By this stage, as a young Welsh boy, I could have begun to see what the stereotyping charges were all about but I was just a bit awed that the Five had come to Wales at all. Even if it took an illness to get them here. What if they'd all been ...more
Aidan Michael
Apr 25, 2016 Aidan Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wooho0! This is a fun adventure.
Swarnaa Chakraborty
Very nice book.... Must read...
Sumantika Bhandari
very exciting and fun to read
Jun 10, 2009 Gavin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never read The Famous Five books, or the Secret Seven ones, when I was growing up. Sean brought this from his school library. I can certainly see why they are and were popular with children and teenagers.

In this one the five investigate mysterious goings on in a hillside house in Wales. They get to ski, climb, pothole and generally lark about. Luckily a huge Welshman is to hand, but whether he's on the five's side or not is something anyone who wants to read this, if they haven't, should find
Frederick Tan
Dec 18, 2015 Frederick Tan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read.
Annanya Pandey
Mar 27, 2012 Annanya Pandey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, mystery, fiction
This is the 17 book of the Famous Five series and as all the other books written before, it is equally interesting. Filled with mystery and adventure, it is yet another adventure of the Five. The Famous Five are skiing and having a brilliant time! But there's always a mystery to solve: such as who is living in the mysterious house near their chalet? The caretaker says the house is empty.... but the Five have seen a terrified face at the window....
One things for sure - they have to get to the tru
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(See also her pen name Mary Pollock)

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 edito
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