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Five Run Away Together

(The Famous Five #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  13,319 ratings  ·  276 reviews
New and contemporary cover treatment brings The Famous Five into the 21st Century, and to a whole new generation of readers!
Paperback, 264 pages
Published 2001 by Hodder Children's Books (first published 1944)
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Grace Tjan
Aug 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing

Jess, my 7-year old little girl, gives it 5 stars.

Comments while reading:

“I hate the Sticks! They are so nasty.”

“Why do English people have to have tea at 4 o’clock in the afternoon? Isn’t that too late? 4 o’clock is my nap time.”

“I hope Aunt Fanny will get better.”

“What is a ‘smuggler’? Why do people have to pay money to the government if they want to bring things from abroad?”

“What do gorse bushes and heathers look like?”

“Julian is the smartest but he likes to order the other kids around. He’s
V. Briceland
Dec 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
In this third volume of the Famous Five series, events start off on a horrid note as the children discover that the packets of sandwiches they have wheedled from the new kitchen lackey are not very nice—too stale, too thick, and worst of all, not enough butter! However, the narrative quickly recuperates as our four little gourmands (plus Timmy!) devour some delicious fresh-baked bread, cakes, all of a meat pie and several jam tarts, bread and ham and butter and 'stuff', a roast chicken, some fin ...more
Mark Lawrence
Sep 20, 2011 rated it liked it
The children are all a year older, which makes Julian 12, I believe. The chronology is abandoned in later books as even with pretty much every Easter and Summer holiday being made use of and most of the Christmases, this still, by book 23, leaves us with four infantalised twenty-somethings and an aging hound.

This book begins, or reignites if you consider its role in other books, Blyton's love affair with convenient illness. The children are constantly abandoned because of poor health, bad memory
Paul E. Morph
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a pretty good entry in the Famous Five series. It's slightly darker than the first two books but nothing young children won't be able to cope with and enjoy.

What I particularly enjoyed was the twist at the beginning of act three. I didn't see it coming (apparently Sunshine Seaspray did but she's a bit of a smarty pants when it comes to that sort of thing).

Anyway, at book three in our twenty two book Famous Five marathon, I'm not getting bored of the series yet.

Buddy read with Sunshine S
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed at: The Library of Lights

So, I’ve been making quite a long revisit to my childhood years and started to read Enid Blyton’s works again. ‘Five Run Away Together’ was an absolute favourite from my childhood years. I lost count how many times I’ve read this particular book, and re-reading it as an adult still does not bores me. ‘Five Run Away Together’ by Enid Blyton is an absolute escapism. Every kid, and kid at heart, should read this book. There is nothing not to like about this book. T
Shirley Revill
Oct 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I don't think the Enid Blyton famous five books will ever stop being a firm favourite in our family.
Oct 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eine tolle Folge mit der fiesen Familie Stock. Was mich aber sehr überraschte, (view spoiler) [06.10.2018]
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
Lady Clementina ffinch-ffarowmore
Old favourite. Adventure, plenty of food, and a dash of mystery—what better way to relax than with an EB. I’d plain forgotten quite HOW horrid those Sticks were. Not everything is entirely PC but all good fun!
Vinay Leo R.
Sep 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It's interesting how characters and storylines come rushing back when one rereads a favourite book. The Sticks were extremely annoying, no doubt. This is one of my favourite books in the series because though the villains are obvious, the crime isn't. And in the end, the Sticks do get what they deserve. Loved the book.
Zoltan Abbott
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
‘Five Run Away Together’ by Enid Blyton is the third in her twenty-one strong series of ‘Famous Five’ books.
Brothers Julian and Dick, their sister Anne and their cousin George (who is a girl but never answers to Georgina and can do anything as well as any boy can) plus of course Timmy the dog are together once again in the summer holidays after coming home from boarding school. George’s mother is ill and her father goes to spend time with her, leaving the children in the ‘care’ of Mr and Mrs Sti
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children, let-down
It was meant to be. At long last the unwanted thing happened. I got swayed by the review of one user here and consequently I couldn't enjoy The Famous Five book for what it is. Among the four kids, it was Julian's demeanor that spoiled the fun. I immediately noticed how bossy and slightly mean he was. He wouldn't say anything without cussing Anne or someone other than her. I found the entire adventure boring and even the tinned stuff they were having on the island didn't look yummy to me. It's ...more
Jenny Palliveettil
May 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-and-have
What a thrilling, beautiful,light read! I disliked Anne for being such a baby sometimes, but it was she who put the pieces together!

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Jul 29, 2015 rated it really liked it

They got a loaf of new bread, some cold ham, a few tomatoes and a pot of jam. Anne found knives and forks and plates. Julian opened two bottles of ginger-beer.

They had a fine breakfast of tongue, tinned peaches, bread and butter, golden syrup and ginger-beer.

Anne had opened a tin of salmon, two tins of peaches, a tin of milk, cut some bread and butter, and made a big jug of cocoa.

Jan 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Such fun to be with The Famous Five again, they REALLY ARE good old sticks!
Feb 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Investigation series everyone should read
Neville Ridley-smith
V. Briceland's review is spot on. In this book, the Five are constantly looking for, preparing, eating and thinking about food. It's hilarious. Published in 1944, I gather it was somewhat influenced by the war-time rationing. Not only do you get to dream about being on an exciting adventure, you get to dream about all the lovely food as well! Don't forget those lashings of ginger beer!

To tell you the truth, the five are rather nasty little sods at the start, judging the Stick family on their stu
Oct 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Very cool, before reading this I was reading Blyton’s Adventure Series. The Famous Five series is about cousins who go on many adventures and mysteries. In this one, George’s hired cook is acting very strange. Later, we get into more mysterious things like kidnapping. The book is obviously meant to be read to children 6-10 and read by the children themselves 7-10. As you can see, the age range is much younger than the Adventure Series which is like 10-14. If you’re trying to choose whether to ch ...more
David Sarkies
Apr 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Children
Recommended to David by: My Dad
Shelves: adventure
An adventure involving custom duties
24 August 2012

I will have to say that I quite enjoyed this book, especially with the nice little twist at the end. Okay, when I was a pre-teen I pretty much read all of the Famous Five books (I have to watch out because I almost wrote that in German) and loved them. In fact I couldn't get enough of them and even jumped over to the Secret Seven when there were no more Famous Five books to read. However it just did not seem to be the same. Later on, there are c
Kiri Kayrooz
Sep 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Formulaic, yes. But enjoyable reading all the same.

The ageless Famous Five are on school holidays again (how many years are these kids going to be at school?) and they head to Kirrin to stay with George and her parents. When George's mother falls ill, the children and Timmy the dog run away to Kirrin Island. But they're not the only ones on the island...
Aug 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book is a bit dated for my personal preferences, it did have a pretty good storyline in the end.

Who has been on their island? What is in the hidden trunk? Who screamed?

With someone roaming freely about their island, the famous five must find the culprits and the 'smugglers'.
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
... reading with my almost 10 year old daughter...

I've read all these books way back when I was a child and I've read them numerous times. This book was probably her favourite. We ate the last few chapters up.
Bev Walkling
Another journey back to my childhood in reading a Famous Five adventure. Although written many years ago this one doesn't feel especially dated and was still a fun read for me.
Mariya  Bahareva
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Кто упоролся? я упоролся!
(читала по-русски, но русского издания в базе нет, а заводить лень)
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Recordar um dos livros da minha infância.
Nov 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Always a joy!
Dani Noviandi
Buku ketiga dari seri Lima Sekawan ini kembali berlatar belakang musim panas, namun kali ini telah satu tahun berlalu semenjak anak-anak ini bertemu pertama kalinya di musim panas lalu dan mengalami petualangan seru di Pulau Kirrin. Anak-anak pun mulai beranjak dewasa dibanding ketika pertama kali bertemu.

Liburan musim panas kelima sekawan ini masih mereka habiskan di Pondok Kirrin, walaupun dengan kabar yang agak kurang menyenangkan akibat bibi Fanny (ibu dari George) sedang sakit dan Joanna,
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Book three: Five Run Away Together

And then it got serious.

If memory serves, "Five Run Away Together" is the second book I got in the collection, and probably the second most read. A correlation isn't obvious; it isn't because I had it before most others that I read it more, but rather and simply because it is better.

Taking a darker turn, this book is, in my humble but always accurate opinion, one of the best in the series. It marks the first moment when t
Nov 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
"Five run away together" the third in the series. In this one, Anne, Julian, Dick and George are surprised to find their Aunt Fanny is quite ill when they return for the holidays, and their loyal cook, Joanna, is also away! She's been replaced by a nasty woman called Mrs Stick, and her son Edgar. A few days into the holiday, Aunt Fanny gets really ill, and Uncle Quintin takes her to the hospital and stays with her until she's better.

The children, and Timmy the dog, soon find themselves at War wi
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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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 High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years before her 192

Other books in the series

The Famous Five (1 - 10 of 21 books)
  • Five on a Treasure Island (Famous Five, #1)
  • Five Go Adventuring Again (Famous Five, #2)
  • Five Go to Smuggler's Top (Famous Five, #4)
  • Five Go Off in a Caravan (Famous Five, #5)
  • Five on Kirrin Island Again (Famous Five, #6)
  • Five Go Off to Camp (Famous Five, #7)
  • Five Get Into Trouble (Famous Five, #8)
  • Five Fall Into Adventure (Famous Five, #9)
  • Five on a Hike Together (Famous Five, #10)
  • Five Have a Wonderful Time (Famous Five, #11)
“It was such a lovely day too, and the sky and sea were so blue. They sat eating and drinking, gazing out to sea, watching the waves break into spray over the rocks beyond the old wreck.” 5 likes
“It was funny that she should have said that, for Julian chose that moment to begin baaing like a flock of sheep. His one long, bleating "baa-baa-aa-aa" was taken up by the echoes at once, and it seemed suddenly as if hundreds of poor lost sheep were baa-ing their way down the dungeons! Mr. Stick jumped to his feet, as white as a sheet. "Well, if it isn't sheep now!" he said. "What's up? What's in these "ere dungeons? I never did like them." "Baa-aa-AAAAAAAAAAP went the mournful bleats all round and about. And then” 2 likes
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