Famous Five 01
FIVE ON A TREASURE ISLAND
The FAMOUS FIVE are
Julian, Dick, George (Georgina by right),
Anne, and Timothy the dog.
This is the story how the 'Famous Five'
came into being, and of their very first adventure
And what an andventure it was—involving an
island, a ruined castle, an ancient wreck—and
a desperate treasure hunt! The children's pluck
and recourcefulness saved the family fortunes
and made possible many more exciting
expeditions for the Five.
A GREAT SURPRISE
"Mother, have you heard about our summer holidays yet?" said Julian, at the breakfast-table. "Can we go to Polseath as usual?"
"I'm afraid not," said his mother. "They are quite full up this year."
The three children at the breakfast-table looked at one another in great disappointment. They did so love the house at Polseath. The beach was so lovely there, too, and the bathing was fine.
"Cheer up," said Daddy. "I dare say we'll find somewhere else just as good for you. And anyway, Mother and I won't be able to go with you this year. Has Mother told you?"
"No!" said Anne. "Oh, Mother—is it true? Can't you really come with us on our holidays? You always do."
"Well, this time Daddy wants me to go to Scotland with him," said Mother. "All by ourselves! And as you are really getting big enough to look after yourselves now, we thought it would be rather fun for you to have a holiday on your own too. But now that you can't go to Polseath, I don't really quite know where to send you."
"What about Quentin's?" suddenly said Daddy. Quentin was his brother, the children's uncle. They had only seen him once, and had been rather frightened of him. He was a very tall, frowning man, a clever scientist who spent all his time studying. He lived by the sea— but that was about all that the children knew of him!
"Quentin?" said... [continues]
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