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When a trip at Little Island for the weekend ends in them being shipwrecked, it is at first exciting for the Adventurous Four. But imagine their surprise when they discover the hidden harbour is full of enemy submarines! They investigate more closely so as to get back to the mainland and expose this terrible enemy. But a forgotten camera leads to their capture. How can the...more
Published December 31st 1989 (first published 1941)
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David Sarkies
Jan 15, 2014 David Sarkies rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Older Children
Enid Blyton's Only World War II Novel
(21 August 2013)

This is an interesting story of Blyton's because is was written during the opening stages of World War II, set during World War II and involved the antagonists of World War II. Actually, I believe that it is the only book of Enid Blyton's that actually makes reference to the war. It is interesting how Blyton portrayed the Germans, that is as 'the enemy' and the 'crooked cross' but she never actually mentions them by name. Maybe it is because,...more
My first and favourite Enid Blyton book. I also read the entire Secret Seven series and the Famous Five series but I'm too lazy to post them all. Oh, I liked the Secret Seven better than the Famous Five...I read them in that order too...
An Odd1
"Shipwrecked! (The Adventurous Four, #1) by Enid Blyton has sequels Stranded! and Trapped!, but suffers from re-titling over the century. 8+ age conversations have realistic long run-on sentences with clever words: astonishment, fuel, crocodiles, piers, jetties. Black and white brisk-lined quick-moving sketches bring the wind, waves, cliffs, and struggling sailors to life. I fell in love with Blyton's magical "Three Children and It"; this too is a fun, fast-paced appealing escapade.

Andy 14 "dar...more
Eva (Inzu)
wowww..woww.. buku inilah yang saya cari-cari. saya pernah membaca buku ini tapi kemudian berpikir buku yg saya baca itu enid blyton seri petualangan. but this is the right one.. Saya harap bisa mendapatkan buku ke 2, Gua Rahasia, dalam waktu dekat ini. Setting waktu untuk seri Empat Petualang ini berkisar tahun 1944-45, saat PD II.
Saya tidak memikirkan PD nya tapi saya menyimpulkan seperti apa orang Inggris itu. Jadi sungguh aneh, saat saya membaca Asterix di Inggris, semua tentang "t...more
Chas Bayfield
This was my favourite book as a child. It made me want to go to Scotland. Interestingly, it's the only one of Blyton's books that mentions the war. Aside from the trite title and the disappointing fact that the islands in the book don't exist in reality, this is a fantastic adventure story. Plot twists abound and the imagination of EB is astounding. My only gripe is that there are too many food references - a 12 year old boy being constantly hungry is the sole strain of humour - and the none of...more
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Corina Mac
This is a really compelling book, it leaves the readers imagination wanting to engage in more, worth reading.
This is yet again a case of a book I read too long ago to remember, but it was part of my quest to find more Enid Blyton books. While not as immediately relatable as The Five's books, it was a very entertaining read nonetheless.

My version is a Spanish translation by Editorial Molino.
Liz Yardley
I think this is the book "Shipwrecked" in its original guise. Great EB prose. It's a shame the female roles are strong, but I daresay EB made up for this with her schoolgirl series.
Adventurous Four...adopted in Bahasa Indonesia as Empat Sekawan, idem dito with Famous Five and The Secret Seven, served as part of my favourite novels more than a quarter century ago;)
james Dean
This is the book that got me into reading, i read it over and over again definatly recommended to anyone any age.
Angela Dwi Pangestika
I like the last chapters... quite tense
Parsa Mallik
it was very good
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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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