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The Sea of Adventure

(Adventure #4)

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  2,814 ratings  ·  86 reviews
Enid Blyton’s classic adventure series fantastically repackaged for a new generation of readers. When Bill takes Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack on a mysterious trip to the desolate northern isles, everything looks set for an exciting time. But then Bill is kidnapped and the children, marooned far from the mainland, find themselves playing a dangerous game of hide-and-see ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2007 by Pan Macmillan (first published 1948)
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Julia Tulloh Harper
Not one of her best but lovely nonetheless - kids stranded on a remote Scottish island full to the cliffs with puffins, cormorants and guillemots, as well as smugglers, secret lagoons, hidden coves, kidnappings, escapes, mysterious seaplanes, friendly animals, a talking parrot, and walks through the heather. All with lashings of ginger beer and plenty of tinned fruit and biscuits.
I've got such a lovely feeling," said Lucy-Ann, looking the picture of happiness. "You know - that feeling you get at the very beginning of a lovely holiday - when all the days spread out before you, sunny and lazy and sort of enchanted."

"You'll end up by being a poet if you don't look out," said Philip from the wheel.

"Well, if a poet feels like I feel just exactly at this moment, I wouldn't mind being one for the rest of my life, even if it meant having to write poetry," said Lucy-Ann.

Oh, Enid.
Dec 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-in-series
I just really really like this one. Philip, Dinah, Jack, and Lucy-Ann are British children. They are recovering from getting the measles, so they go to islands with lots of birds to help get better. But then, their government agents friend who has taken them to the islands disappears. Their boat is chopped up, and they are stuck on the island. As you can imagine, a lot of action and suspense follows. I think this is the best in the series because it shows how the children can help rescue adults ...more
Probably read sometime between 2001-2005
May 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The fourth book of the series. This one has an exciting start that kind of reminds one of Sherlock Holmes’ Final Problem. Criminals are out to get Bill Cunningham the detective friend of the children Jack, Phillip, Lucy-Ann and Dina. He is trying to move around town under cover and disappear for a few days. After an exciting start, things ease out a bit as the children journey along with their friends the isles in northern Britain. This was the fun part like a travelogue. We get to see puffins. ...more
Rhia (rhiareads...)
Nov 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is one of the Adventure series that I actually didn't read as a child. It was definitely interesting to see how this one differed from the previous three considering I've read those several times in the past and I think I had some preconceived notions of how good they were, but with this one it was all new.

So as in the past, the four children (and Kiki, of course!) manage to get themselves into an improbable amount of trouble, this time while holidaying in some remote Scottish islands with
To assist their recovery after contracting measles Jack, Lucy-Ann, Philip, Dinah and Kiki set off with their friend Bill 'Smaugs' (who needs sanctuary too) to the northern isles of Scotland for much needed rest and recuperation. But it isn't long before their carefree ornithological holiday turns into a new adventure.

This is the 4th in the Enid Blyton adventure series which I have thoroughly enjoyed great characters although the bad guys are generally faceless and not developed at all but really
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Sanchari Das
Nov 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The book "The Sea of Adventure", written by one of the world's best writers, Enid Blyton, is the fourth book in the Adventure series. Philip, Dinah, Lucy-Ann and Jack, along with their pet parrot, Kiki, find themselves in the mist of yet another amazing adventure.

Measles has ruined their vacation and now instead of sending them to school, Mrs. Mannering is planning to send the kids for a change to some place by the sea. But with a governess, of course! No matter how much they love the first part
Feb 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Good pre-adventure part, with the children recovering from measles and sent on a holiday to regain their strength before returning to school (yeah, like that's going to happen in real life, but you can't blame kids for dreaming!), Bill visiting in secret while being hunted by criminals (isn't he putting the children and Mrs. Manning in danger?)... good stuff!

The adventure part is fine, but maybe not as exciting as the previous novel (The Valley of Adventure, which is probably my favorite in the
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cosy-hygge-reads
A neat little mystery set in the lonely waters off the Northern Isles. The plot is not as happening as the rest in the series but I really liked the idea of the children and Bill going off together on a boat trip. Huffin and Puffin are hilarious too. I remember the twinge of sadness when Bill told Lucy-Ann that they couldn't bring the puffins back with them. I also like how plucky the children were. They could have gone back to the mainland safely but they chose to rescue Bill.

"You're only kids
Aug 12, 2020 rated it liked it
I thought I would love this one when I started reading because the opening is seriously exciting and I remembered the plot like it was yesterday. I even named a plushy toy Huffin the Puffin after this adventure (though I'd forgotten the name came from a Blyton novel). Though the start is great, the middle sags quite a bit and the ending is pretty abrupt. Also, did anyone else find it hilarious that Bill led his enemies to the children and Aunt Allie's house? And then took the kids on a holiday w ...more
Emma Lai
Oct 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Sea of Adventure is very different to the other books in the series that Enid Blyton has written. This adventure is set on sea instead of land, this makes this book special and unique. During the sea of adventure the four children and Bill have a holiday at Puffin Island, but not far behind them an adventure arises where Bill is kidnapped. The four children are left behind and find a way to recuse Bill, but it isn't easy as dangers lay ahead. ...more
Anand Warik
Oct 18, 2017 rated it liked it
children leave for northern islands to recover from measles but find themselves in an adventure. The best part is when they are on Puffin island where they find 2 tame puffins who out of sheer love for children catch fishes for them. On this island they sink into a Puffin burrow and take shelter there. Guns are hidden from view in one of the many islands.
Katie Grainger
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am pretty sure that I didn’t read The Sea of Adventure as a child I certainly don’t seem to remember it. This was another fun rip roaring adventure from Enid Blyton. I think as the adventure series goes this is probably a slightly less believable premise. I am looking forward to reading the last four books in the series as I think these will be just as fun.
Saffron Mavros
Apr 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Typical adventure stories, set in the British highlands, across rough seas, on moors and forgotten mansions, with stories of young adults that could span several generations without being outdated.

The adventure series, while fun, were meant for an even younger reader group, with simple and easy to follow language. Interesting and page turners, nonetheless.
Anne Mouse
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great fun on the islands

The four children, Kiki the parrot, and Bill head to the Isles off Scotland for a break to recover from the measles. Of course it's never that simple as they fall into an adventure involving gun runners. With a pair of tame puffins to keep them company.
Dec 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
I read this aloud to grandkids. I must say that I enjoyed this action packed children’s adventure story as much as they did. We are all looking forward to the next in the “adventure’ series, The Mountain of Adventure.
Katie Hilton
Mar 29, 2021 rated it really liked it
Their friend Bill takes the four children to a remote island to study birds and recover from measles, but the trip becomes very dangerous when Bill disappears. The four have to fend for themselves, but they are plucky kids. A good read.
Joanne Hyde
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Read this to my daughter after many years of reading it as a child myself and it's very funny how language has changed ...more
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great adventure w/the kids, Kiki & Bill. Huffin & Puffin were adorable & it really was to bad that they couldn't take them home. ...more
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Old memories. Read it again after many years.
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-books
Re-read for the nth time during lock-down, simply because I love the childish escapism of the "Adventure", first discovered by my brother and I when we were little kids. ...more
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
It felt refreshing to read a children's book after a long time. But somehow felt it was a bit unrealistic when we start applying logic. But can be taken up as a light read though. ...more
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Yet another easy to read classic Ebid Blyton book. Her books are my childhood.
Jan 07, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading it took me back to my childhood days of reading Enid Blyton books. It was a delightful adventure by the sea with Jack, Philip, Lucy, Dinah, Bill and Kiki.
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
kids really liked it.
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this! Another great installment in Blyton's Adventure series. I'd read it a long time ago but couldn't remember how it all turned out - the best kind of re-read. ...more
Melissa Mcavoy
The Sea of Adventure is the fourth in the Adventure series by Enid Blyton.

Four children have just recovered from the measles and must take a holiday to regain their strength before heading back to boarding school and the summer term. Jack and Lucy-Ann Trent are orphans and have been adopted by the mother of their friends: Philip and Dinah Mannering. When Mrs. Mannering, a widow, comes down with the measles herself, she sends the children: ages 11-14, on a birding expedition to the Scottish isla
Yohan Abeysinghe
Mar 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: adventure, children
My favorite book in the series. Maybe it is because of my facinations in being on a ship and sea.
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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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