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Book Title: The Family at Red-Roofs (Mystery & Adventure)|
The author of the book: Enid Blyton
Date of issue: August 1st 1999
ISBN 13: 9780861639489
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 27.82 MB
Edition: Award Publications Ltd
Read full description of the books The Family at Red-Roofs (Mystery & Adventure):The Jackson children (Molly, Peter, Michael and Shirley) are ecstatic. They are moving from their stuffy/ dinky little house to a beautiful warm home on a green hillside called Red Roofs. Big plans, bigger dreams, loyal help, an loyal new pet and the promise of a glittering future makes the four children work hard, play harder and generally look forward to life with a rosy outlook.
But suddenly their father has to go abroad on work and their mother falls grievously ill. And just when the children are dealing with these unpleasant surprises, they receive some news that leaves them completely at sea and anchorless.
Money has suddenly become the biggest crisis of the moment and the young lot have to grow up quickly. Dolls have to be shelved and so do dreams. It's time to get jobs and keep the family together, fed and clothed.
The Family at Red Roofs is a beautifully written tale about how life can hit you with unexpected roadblocks. Whether you sit down on the curb with a woebegone expression or shed your misery and decide to deal with the problem constructively is all up to you. And along the way you learn who your true friends are and where your strengths and weaknesses lie.
For a children's book from an author renowned for creating childhood Shangri-Las, this one has a dollop of realism. While Blyton starts off with her customary optimism and unbelievably happy surroundings, she quickly takes a detour down life's harsher surprises. The siblings, ranging from sensible teenagers Molly and Peter to the mechanical genius Michael to the not-fully-comprehending-but-eager-to-help Shirley fill you with a sense of vicarious pride. Any parents would be proud to have a set of children like the Jackson quartet. And a special shout-out goes to the endearing and fiercely independent but utterly dependable Miss Wren (Jenny Wren) and the young man of few words, Jack Daw (Jackdaw). Two of Blyton's finest supporting cast members, they lend a veneer of hope in troubled times.
I enjoyed reading this book. I truly did. It made me smile, introspect, tear up just a little bit and ultimately, it infused me with the need to be thankful for what we have been blessed with.
I couldn't ask for more from a book.
Read information about the author(See also her pen name Mary Pollock)
Born in 1897 in South London, Enid Mary 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 1924 marriage to editor Hugh Pollock, with whom she had two daughters. This marriage ended in divorce, and Blyton remarried in 1943, to surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters. She died in 1968, one year after her second husband.
Enid Blyton was a prolific author of children's books, who penned an estimated 800 books over about 40 years. Her stories were often either children's adventure and mystery stories, or fantasies involving magic. Notable series include: The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Five Find-Outers, Noddy, The Wishing Chair, Mallory Towers, and St. Clare's.
According to the Index Translationum, Blyton was the fifth most popular author in the world in 2007, coming after Lenin but ahead of Shakespeare.
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