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The Valley of Adventure

(Adventure #3)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  3,010 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Nothing could be more exciting than a night flight on Bill’s plane! But Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann, and Jack soon find themselves flying straight into a truly amazing adventure. What has happened to Bill? Who are the two strange pilots, and what is the secret treasure hidden in the lonely valley where the children land?
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Macmillan UK (first published 1947)
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This might be one of my favourite Enid Blyton books. It's sheer magic!

Jack, Philip, Dinah and Lucy-Ann (not to mention Kiki) are all set to go on a plane trip to their friend, secret agent Bill Cunningham's house for a few days. But a mix-up sees them boarding the wrong plane and falling headlong into another adventure - this time in a beautiful, abandoned, war-torn valley - involving a couple of escaped prisoners, a secret cave, a hostage, a daring rescue mission, a map and lost treasure!

Feb 18, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-kids
I loved the Adventure and Famous Five series when I was a kid. The books had been passed down from my mom, who had also loved them. I was anticipating that re-reading this one as a 40-something would be a disappointing experience but it was totally the opposite. I got completely sucked in and read it through in one sitting. Obviously, the books are dated. They were written more than 60 years ago in a world vastly different from the one we live in now but I think they hold up for the most part. O ...more
Brett Howe
Oct 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I cannot say enough good things about this book. The only reason you would have to not want to read is if you were interested in reading the previous 2 books in the series. Because you should read those first. Anyway. I read this with my 10 year old. And what a joy it was. Kids on adventure. Enid Blyton knows how to tell a good tale. This one set in a mystery valley accessible only by plane. I can picture this valley now, waterfall and all. As soon as we were done with this book we dove right in ...more
Aug 18, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Joy by: Gordon Headrick
Quite by accident, the children are carried away by airplane to an isolated valley in central Europe. There they hide from the bad guys, find a hidden treasure, and find a way to contact the outside world just in time. This was my favorite of the series when I was a kid. The valley seemed almost idyllic to me.

My favorite youth read of 2009. Read 11 times.
Jan 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Oh my god, IT WAS SO EXCITING! *flails madly* Why did I not read this series when I was younger? Why did I not even know about it until Alex gave me the books? Oh well, more excitement for now I guess. ;) I'm reading through the whole lot and I have five left now, and four of those are new to me. :D
I read this to my little brother and secretly enjoyed it. It’s interesting how Enid Blyton could completely captivate me as a 10 year old and still capture my attention as a 21 year old. That’s a sign he’s a great author... or that i’m still a child, but let’s not get into that lol.
Sep 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Old memories. Read it again after many years.
Probably read sometime between 2001-2005
May 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Valley of Adventure is the third book in the series. This starts differently from the other two books. There is no relaxed fun and slow build up. It has a rapid start with Jack, Phillip, Lucy Ann and Dinah finding themselves marooned in a strange valley in the middle of nowhere with criminal elements for company. They have to figure out a way either to get out of the place or survive there while remaining out of sight of the criminals. This story kind of reminded me of Robinson Crusoe, one o ...more
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a good book!!! I really enjoyed how much action and suspense there was. In my opinion, the Valley of Adventure has always been the best in the Adventure series. Enid uses an amazing style of writing. I believe that this book, although wrote many years ago, is still very good for adventure loving kids of today. Any kid that loves adventures and mysteries would love this, and it's a good way to get them off video games. The characters are packed with character. This series to this day ...more
When I started reading this book, I thought this was a book that I had not read. But as the story progressed, I started having this feeling about having read this story. Especially the caves part of the story looked familiar. I am still not sure if I have read this book earlier.
Anyway, it was a great read. One of the best books written by Enid Blyton. As awesome as her Famous Five books are. It was suspenseful and adventurous. Can't wait to read all the books in this series soon!
R.J. Rodda
Jan 27, 2017 rated it liked it
A rollicking adventure. The Kiki bits have my children cackling but be warned this is darker than some of the other Enid Blyton books. The children are trapped in a valley with some nasty men who are after Nazi treasure. A prisoner (not the children) is hit by the gang and starved. Jack himself is in a physical fight with a man and also ties an unconscious man to a tree and abandons him. I did not like this as much as her others but Kiki is as always great.
Mary Taitt
Aug 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
I liked this book very much as a children;s book--it was exciting, adventurous and engaging, a page turner. Four children and a parrot are accidentally whisked away in the wrong plane to a deserted valley by bad guys who intend to steal treasure stolen from churches and villages by the Nazis and hidden away in caves.
Feb 10, 2011 rated it really liked it
This is the best one in the series so far....the best adventure!
M.K. Aston
Aug 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very exciting children's story. Brings back lots of fond memories too.
Aanya Mathur
Aug 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Valley of Aventure by Enid Blyton is about four kids who live and breathe on a new adventure, which seems to follow wherever they go! Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack are going for a night flight on Bill's plane and soon find themselves on an amazing adventure. Where is Bill? Who are the two strange pilots, and what secret treasure hidden in the lonely valley where the children land? A tale of excitement and thrill. Adventure appears wherever Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack go – not forgett ...more
Apr 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book holds a special place in my heart because it was the very first book I had picked up in this series (my favourite too!) and because of a bittersweet childhood memory that's attached to it.

I still keep my original copy of The Valley of Adventure, now browned and aged but still in pristine condition.

When I was reading this as a child, I had not known that Enid Blyton was referring to the paintings, jewels, religious statues, books - treasure that people took from churches, libraries an
Another library bingo book. I know, starting on book 3 of the series. I figured it was a kid's book, so I could probably pick up all the character development. (Although starting here certainly makes their policeman friend seem *extremely creepy*.)

But he barely appears. A good adventure book, the sort I would've loved at that age and found pleasant enough now. Extremely resourceful kids of both genders. (Although at my age, I found myself wondering about how they solved potty problems.) I also c
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The third Adventure book puts the children in a particularly thrilling situation. About to go on a trip with Bill, they get by mistake into the plane a group of crooks are using, and are taken to an isolated and uninhabited valley in the Alps, with breathtaking scenery and ruins of burned old buildings. There's just no apparent way to leave the valley, and the bad guys are after some kind of treasure hidden during the war. The children have to hide from them, obtain food and shelter and try to e ...more
Aug 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites
This book made such an impression on me as a child, I still remembered bits of the plot and setting a good twenty years later. The Adventure series is probably one of Blyton's best series. Kiki the parrot and Phillip's pets are just hilarious and the villains are scarier and the danger more real. In this story, the kids end up isolated in a war deserted valley with villains and find some wonderful hiding places and get up to some crazy tactics to survive and later escape. It was also sad but int ...more
Katie Grainger
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a child I read this book and it always stayed with me as one of the best books I read. I could remember the cave where the children hide vividly and on second reading as an adult it didn’t disappoint!

The story is surprisingly believable and you can see where Enid Blyton got her inspiration from. I loved this story on second reading and I am looking forward to reading more of the adventure series. I am unable to remember whether I read the other books in the series as a child so I am looking
Emma Lai
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
When the four mistake take the wrong plane they end up in a isolated, lonely valley. 2 pilots are in the valley and are looking for the secret treasure. Through secret caves and friends the four manage to find the secret treasure. Despite lack of food and water the four children are able to survive. This book is very interesting and explores the adventure genre. I hope you enjoy reading the Valley of Adventure!
Sandy King
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Such fun! Better than the Famous Five books because the Famous Five sometimes come across as obnoxious. Philip, Jack, Lucy-Ann and Dinah are resourceful, level-headed and kind. And Kiki the parrot is hilarious. All the excitement of a thriller but without any scary bits. Great fun.
Katie Hilton
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Four young friends find themselves in a valley in some foreign country after they accidentally board the wrong small plane. Something mysterious is happening, so they investigate while planning some way to get back to England. A good read.
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read as many of Blyton's Adventure books as my library had when I was young. Stumbled onto this one that was new to me, and I could not resist re-visiting the kids.
Ayush 1
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was so awesome, so well written, so vivid, you felt like you actually spent days in the valley. One of my favourite books.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
100 stars from Henry, age 7 who said he loved it and the best bit was the end where it was all so exciting!
Jul 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is better than the Famous Five and Secret Seven series by a massive margin.

Also I think this is my favourite Enid Blyton book overall.
megan ♡
I was definitely determined to read and enjoy this series - why else would I force myself to read this??
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Best series, best book
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Ένιντ Μπλάιτον (Greek)
Enida Blaitona (Latvian)
Энид Блайтон (Russian)
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Enid Mary Blyton (1897 - 1968) was an English author of children's books.

Born in South London, 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

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