Monday 5 September 2011

The Adventure Island Series - Helen Moss

The Adventure Series follows the adventures of Scott, Jack, Emily and Drift the dog. The books are published by Orion and are £4.99
I was quite excited when we received The Mystery of the Hidden Gold and The Mystery of the Missing Masterpiece by Helen Moss to review as they are marketed as being written in the style of Enid Blyton. The cover illustrations are in the same style of Enid Blyton books, presumably to catch parent's attention in the shop and encourage them to buy them.
As a child I loved Enid Blyton books and have recently been reading them to my children who love them too. As an adult re reading Enid Blyton you see that the books are stereotypical of the time they were written, when more well off families had cooks and gardeners and girls helped their Mums with the chores. These books are basically a modern Famous Five book where the main characters use mobiles and ginger beer has been replaced with coke! There is plenty of action and the books kept both my son's interest (aged 5 and 10), so much so that we have bought the first two books in the series and they can't wait until the last two books are out in September.


  1. Hello,
    I just wanted to thank you for this lovely review - I only just came across it. As a new author I really appreciate it. I'm so glad that your sons enjoyed the books. I'm currently writing four more to come out next year so there will be plenty more to come! Helen

    1. Thank you for your comment Helen, I'm glad to hear there are more books to come as we have read all 6 now and really enjoyed them so we will look forward to reading the next ones!