Jess, my 7-year old little girl, gives it 5 stars.

Comments while reading:

“I hate the Sticks! They are so nasty.”

“Why do English people have to have tea at 4 o’clock in the afternoon? Isn’t that too late? 4 o’clock is my nap time.”

“I hope Aunt Fanny will get better.”

“What is a ‘smuggler’? Why do people have to pay money to the government if they want to bring things from abroad?”

“What do gorse bushes and heathers look like?”

“Julian is the smartest but he likes to order the other kids around. He’s kind of bossy, but in a good way.”

“Anne likes to do girly things, like making beds and sandwiches. I don’t like to do girly things, but I also don’t want to be a boy like George. My friend Athena is a tomboy —- she likes Sonic the Hedgehog and hates Princess.”

“I knew it, the Sticks are the bad guys!”

“My favorite part is when Dick, Julian and George hide out in the dungeons and make animal noises to scare the Sticks. The Sticks think that ghost cows, sheep, and horses are chasing them! I laughed so hard. I think this is the funniest Famous Five book that I’ve ever read.”

“Anne is TWELVE and she doesn’t know what kidnapper means?”

“What is a ‘ransom’?”