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Unlisted Series (Miscellaneous) – The Family at Red-Roofs

August 14, 2015 – Evie M says: Went to a bookstore today and got a new EB book I have never read, called "The Family at Red-Roofs". It was really weird because I read the back of the book, where it said the names of the four children, and I had a strange feeling the one called Michael would be my favourite and he was! Even though he's quite obscure he's my third ever favourite ever character after Philip Mannering and Snubby. I think I like him because he's misunderstood, not taken seriously and teased a bit, which I can relate to on a certain level. And he's like an Enid Blyton version of Hiro Hamada, because he loves inventing things and I like that about him. And Peter's hilarious, giving Michael a black eye and threatening to knock his head off just because he touched his microscope! I like Molly a lot as well because she wants to be a teacher like me, and it's nice having a girl as the oldest in the family as in EB books the oldest is often a boy. And Shirley. As some of you know I have a thing about little girls in EB books, the little boys are all cool (Snubby, Yan, Wilfrid and Tinker were all awesomely awesome for example) but the little girls tend to be irritating (Lucy-Ann, Bets) although there were a couple I could cope with (Aily was on the borderline of becoming annoying but Penny was good) for now I think Shirley is on the list with Lucy-Ann and Bets but from what the blurb says I think they all go through a lot of character development so who knows I could end up liking Shirley! Anyone else read this book? (And please, no spoilers, I'm only about a quarter of the way through it!!!!).
Fatty says... Fatty says: A lovely book, Evie. You can see original illustrations and read a review here which although giving some of the plot away, doesn't contain spoilers as to how the book finishes!
August 15, 2015 – Evie M says: Finished it last night (due to the fact that I couldn't put it down! ) and it was great. I loved Michael's idea of making money by fixing things, and even though the others laugh at him about it, he ends up making more money than they do! And I know I said I could end up liking Shirley, but I honestly didn't. Molly is great though. There were a few things happened that I just didn't expect, like I knew something would happen to the dad (death or injury- probably not death because in EB books parents tend to already be dead) but I definitely didn't expect it to happen in the way it did. I totally recommend this book to everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!
Daisy says... Daisy says: Glad you enjoyed it, Evie. There are many stand alone novel by Blyton that are worth reading.
August 16, 2015 – nvcowgrrl says: Where can you get this book from?? I looked but can't find it anywhere.
Buster says... Buster says: Normally Ebay, or Abe Books. It's not in print now.
August 17, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: So Evie, does the dad die then??
August 18, 2015 – Sam says: Read it ages ago. I still don't like Prudence even though she changes a bit. My fave character is Michael for the same reasons as you Evie! Have you read Hollow Tree House??
August 18, 2015 – Evie M says: Hi nvcowgrrl, I found it in a bookshop in Buxton, it was a second hand bookshop so there was only one copy. But after reading your question I checked on ebay and you can get it there. Tom, I can't post a spoiler! Hi Sam, I don't like Prudence either although I do like her a bit at the end when she changes. And I'm glad your favourite is Michael, I also like Molly a lot though. And no I haven't read Hollow Tree House, but if I see it anywhere I might buy it. Is it good?
August 20, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: Oh come on be a sport Evie, just put a huge 'SPOILER ALERT' before you say if he dies or not. I'm not reading it if I don't know because I'll decide if I should or not read it from what you say Evie.
Fatty says... Fatty says: We don't like plots given away, so no more spoilers please.
August 20, 2015 – Sam says: Yeh Hollow Tree House is good, it's a bit like Secret Island but without the island and there's this girl who brings them food, oh and there's a dog to. I don't really like Molly she's a bit bossy.
August 20, 2015 – Evie M says: It sounds great Sam, will definitely read it sometime! Plot details removed
Fatty says... Fatty says: No plot revelations please, if you want to know how the book ends, READ IT!
August 21, 2015 – Evie M says: Fatty, are you cross with me, or Tom? Because he really did pressure me into putting a spoiler.
Fatty says... Fatty says: Certainly not!
August 22, 2015 – Evie M says: Although I guess I shouldn't have blamed Tom, as I was the one who posted the spoiler. (sorry, Tom!)
Fatty says... Fatty says: Yeah, it's all Tom's faultócan't be bothered to read the book, yet wants to know the outcome! ;-)
August 24, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: Well if no one dies then it's borrrring!! Anyway I didn't get to see the spoiler, can't you just put it on for a couple of days, if no one wants it spoiled then they just don't have to look!! Its ok Evie but I didn't pressure you, you know.!
August 24, 2015 – Haibara Ai says: Suit yourself Tom, don't read it and you'll never know what happens. I've read it but I'm not telling you either.
September 16, 2015 – lillyb says: Tom it is about a nice family not blood and guts!! I hope you read it one day!
September 17, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: No chance lillyb, your comment means no one dies.
September 17, 2015 – Evie M says: Why do you want someone to die? lol.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Quite!
September 21, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: Because that makes the book more interesting, no EB character has ever died and from the sound of it, the dad nearly dies. You're a girl Evie so you probably don't like them kind of books though.
Daisy says... Daisy says: If you've not read the book, you can't say 'he nearly dies', nor can you spell properly!
September 21, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: I said 'from the sound of it' he nearly dies Daisy.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Why don't you read the book, it's a lovely book.
September 21, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: Okay fine, I'll try it. One of my friends siblings has loads of EB books, so I'll ask.
September 24, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: Read the book, it was O. Kayish I suppose.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Can you give us more of your thoughts than, okayish, Tom?
September 25, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: Ok, so Molly is too bossy to me, Michael and that Jackdaw boy are the best characters. Shirley was okayish, I liked the dog Bundle but he's not as good as the other EB dogs. Prudence is such a spoilt little brat, she shouldn't even be in the book. Even though she does change I still hate her. Oh and the way Michael tries to make money, that bit was funny. But the dad ending, lame? There is that enough of my thoughts, Daisy?
Daisy says... Daisy says: It's nice to discuss these books, Tom. That is what this site is all about.
September 25, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: I know Daisy, that book just isn't my type thats all!
Fatty says... Fatty says: I think we've gathered that!
September 25, 2015 – Evie M says: Were you disappointed that the Dad didn't die, Tom? :) I didn't like the way they said the mum was weak just because she was in denial, I mean it's someone she loved it's natural to be in denial. Also, I think the point of Prudence is that you hate her : -D. I personally didn't mind the ending, yes it was lame I guess but it was still a pretty good plot twist. : -D.
September 25, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: I guess so, Evie. But the ending was a bit lame, not all of it just the dad bit.
Daisy says... Daisy says: Please could you not use slang words, Tom. I have deleted the constant yeah and yer know!!!!
September 26, 2015 – Evie M says: What would you rather have happened? (I have a feeling I know the answer).
September 26, 2015 – Tom.C.G says: You know the answer so I don't need to say it! Oh and I don't have anything against girls, but if you lived with five sisters and were the only boy you'd think the same. It would have been better if Prudence was kicked out the house too!
June 22, 2017 – Paul says: I liked this book. Shame that a certain Anecdotage had to claim that this book foresaw the creepy American singer.
August 15, 2017 – KawaiiArtist says: What do you mean by that Paul?
Fatty says... Fatty says: Paul is referring to a book full of speculation (often fantastic) about Enid's writing, The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage, by Stephen Isabirye.

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