Title: Secret Seven Win Through
Author: Enid Blyton
Series: Secret Seven series
Synopsis: The Secret Seven had to find a new meeting place for their club, and then strange things started happening there.
A lot of people seem to really like Enid Blyton. I had never heard of her books until a few years ago. I must say, at this stage of my life, I don’t find them that engrossing. Maybe it would be different if I was 10 or 12! Secret Seven Win Through is all right, for a children’s mystery.
The Secret Seven are searching for a new place for their meetings for the holidays, because the shed in which they used to meet is being cleaned out. After looking around for whatever they could find, they vote on their discoveries and choose a cave that Peter and Janet’s dog stumbled upon. It’s the perfect place for the club to meet—dry and cozy, with lovely cracks and crevices in which to keep their things. When items start disappearing, though, and one of the children sees someone go in and not come out, it’s a little uncomfortable. Will the children be able to solve the mystery?
One thing I chuckled at was the title of a book that one of the boys hauled to the cave—it was written by the author! That’s a good way to promote your own book. This boy was apparently a bookworm; he hauled a lot of books and magazines to their meeting place.
I did not appreciate the attitude of the Secret Seven toward the sister of one of the boys. They were not kind to her at all, and refused to include her in their fun. Even after she solved the mystery for them, they only grudgingly allowed her to join in the celebration.
WARNING: Besides the issue mentioned in the last paragraph, I noticed the word golly in Chapter 5, page 32.
Listening Level—Ages 5 – 8, 8 – 12
Reading Independently—Ages 8 – 12