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Friday's Tunnel

(Callendars #1)

4.28  ·  Rating details ·  72 ratings  ·  15 reviews
When their father Augustus Callendar, a famous newspaper correspondent, is called away from home to cover an international crisis, February and her brother Friday escape their tutor and uncover an international crisis of their own!

While the United States and Russia maneuver to seize an unbelievably explosive mineral newly discovered on the small island of Capria, February
Published December 1st 1967 by Ace Books (first published 1959)
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Ginni Yes - one of my favourite books when I was 9 or 10. I still have my copy, and also the sequel ‘February’s Road.’ My mother bought them for me when Boo…moreYes - one of my favourite books when I was 9 or 10. I still have my copy, and also the sequel ‘February’s Road.’ My mother bought them for me when Boots Lending Libraries we’re being disbanded - they still have the stamps and stickers! That shows how long ago it was.....(less)

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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
There are 1001 Books you almost give up hope of ever reading; some books are long out of print and completely unavailable in your country. But then, suddenly, unexpectedly, you see one of these impossible-to-find books has been picked up by a new publisher and reissued, and your heart is filled with happiness.

This is the story of one of those wonderful, zany families you always wished you could be a part of, with a plethora of kids, an adventurous father, a clever mother, and oodles of fascinati
Katie Fitzgerald

Friday's Tunnel is a children's novel originally published by English writer John Verney in 1959, which has been reissued by Paul Dry Books. (I'm grateful to have received a review copy!) February and Friday Callendar are sister and brother and they have just returned home for the summer holidays. Shortly after their arrival, their father, a well-known and much-respected newspaper reporter, announces that he will need to journey to the nation of Capria to report on an emerging crisis for the pap
Michael Fitzgerald
Interesting intrigue story, a little in the vein of the Hardy Boys and the like, where kids become involved in the doings of their parents and other adults and come off saving the day (at least partially). Also reminded me of Mystery at Witchend. It's British and late-1950s, so there is a Cold War background that would need to be understood.

I liked the narrator's voice - shares a tiny bit with Flavia de Luce, but without all the tragedy.

I will now start on the reissued second volume, and I do ho
Feb 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
"Daddy says that nowadays any schoolgirl of thirteen who writes a book is hailed as a genius. Well, I'm a schoolgirl and I'm nearly thirteen and though I don't think I am quite genius, I certainly wouldn't mind being hailed as one. Anyway, I've always wanted to write a book. The trouble before was that I had nothing really exciting to write one about—just school, and Friday (who is a year older) and my youngest sisters and my pony Gorse and my guinea pigs and what a nuisance grown-ups are. But o ...more
Ms. Yingling
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February Callendar's large family lives on a small holding in the English countryside. Her father is a renowned journalist who used to cover international incidents and has written several books, but to keep up with the demands of his family, has taken to writing local news. When political unrest bubbles to the surface in Capria, due to the discovery of an important metal, caprium, he is sent by the newspaper to investigate. From the beginning, things are suspicious
May 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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For one reason or another, I wanted to reread something enjoyable and escapist, and this children’s mystery from my childhood fitted the bill. Originally published in 1959, this was bought for me by my Mum when Boots Booklovers Library folded and they were selling off the books. I dearly loved it then, and really enjoyed rereading it, finding that I can remember it almost by heart. Considering that their father is a journalist, the Callendar family lead a rural life remarkably untouched by the m ...more
The family is perfectly charming, and the narrator's voice is perfect for a headstrong, precocious, loyal girl who doesn't always think things through and has a bit of a temper.

"My name is February Callendar, and so many exciting things have happened recently that I have decided to put them down in a book. Daddy says that nowadays any schoolgirl of thirteen who writes a book is hailed as a genius. Well, I'm a schoolgirl and I'm nearly thirteen and though I don't think I am quite a genius, I cer
There was way more political intrigue than I expected! Very interesting to see the British perspective of the Cold War between Russia and the US in the 1950s, though. Not really sure that I would consider this a children's book, however. Maybe grade 6 & up? ...more
Kathryn McCary
The Callendars were favorites in my teens and they have held up well. Friday digs a tunnel in the garden, which turns out to be far more than just a tunnel; Robin, the holiday tutor is fascinated by canals. And a comic strip drawn by an artist who knows nothing of current events turns out to be eerily close to a narration of events which could lead to the end of the world. . .or at least a major disaster. The word madcap springs irresistibly to mind.
Nick Benson
Apr 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I haven't read this for ages - I probably first read it fifty years ago, loved it then and still enjoy it albeit slightly more aware of flaws. I only discovered a couple of days ago that it's the first of a loose series of five What I think John Verney (who also created the dodo pad) is good at is the texture of a particular sort of happy family life. ...more
A marvelous adventure story set in Cold War England with a hint of Sci-Fi, just to make it interesting. I loved February, the perfect protagonist. It's a shame that this book isn't more widely available in the United States. ...more
Dec 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I loved this book as a kid. From memory, I think it has something to with kids discovering a secret mystery of uranium smuggling?
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Quite an adventure, very grown up for a kids book, surprising ending.
May 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
One of my very favorite books as a child - funny, smart, exciting and suspenseful. I loved the Callendar family, always will.
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