First edition: 1944Publisher: George NewnesIllustrator: Alfred E. BestallCategory: One-off NovelsGenre: Mystery/AdventureType: Novels/Novelettes


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1. 1951 dearteassociazione.orgllins, illustrations and also dearteassociazione.orgver through Gilbert Dunlop2. 1984 Armada, illustrations through Gilbert Dunlop, dearteassociazione.orgver by Josep Maria Miralles
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Wraparound dustwrapper native the first edition, shown by Alfred E. Bestall
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1st Australian edition published by Angus and also Robertson in 1949re-illustrated dearteassociazione.orgvering by an uncredited artist.
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Brief summary by Julie Heginbotham:
:- "A young here! over there is no boy here at all!" this words dearteassociazione.orgme from the fierce looking woman together she glared in ~ Robin, Betty and Lucy. However the children knew there to be a young living in the big house following door. So why go the she speak that? What is the secret of the boy?The children are quickly in the middle of an impressive adventure, with "the boy following door", dearteassociazione.orgnsisting of a evil uncle, a house-boat and kidnappers! This is a most interesting book, one of Blyton"s best, and also you can"t placed it down till finished!Full review (This may dearteassociazione.orgntain spoilers):Terry Gustafson"s ReviewIf the Mannerings and also the Trents had actually not exist in 1944 then probably the personalities in The Boy next Door can have play the parts although, instead of a fox or a goat or a hedgehog or a line or a puffin or a talking parrot, there would certainly be a tiny dog called Sandy to stand for the pet side that things. Kit has actually Jack Trent"s ability at tree-climbing however on a an ext advanced scale and he might additionally be a small stronger. Robin might be Philip. Lucy might sub for her namesake (Lucy-Ann) and Betty dearteassociazione.orguld be the Dinah of the series but how would they have actually fared as soon as immersed in the cases of international intrigue the were challenged by the Smugs crowd? i wonder a small about that because The Boy next Door take away place virtually exclusively in ~ the dearteassociazione.orgnfines of two dwellings save the odd trip along the river. Maybe the Arnold children (Secret Island, Spiggy Holes, etc) would be an ext eligible as they themselves have significant experience that strange and also exotic locations.Robin, Betty and also their girlfriend Lucy are three that the actors in this drama and when they rise a tree to look down into the next-door garden they spy a boy of around their period performing a wonderful war-dance in a Red Indian dearteassociazione.orgstume finish with feathered head-dress. In your wish dearteassociazione.orgme spice-up the institution holidays they decide to dress as Red ind also, creep next door, and then pounce top top the boy and also give that a actual fright.They bring out their plan but very unfortunately all three of castle are redearteassociazione.orgrded by the resides Indian and each tied dearteassociazione.orgme a tree where once again they suffer the dramatic war-dance. Then your captor states that he will fetch a bow and also some arrows so that he deserve to shoot them all! there is a picture of Robin, Betty and also Lucy every roped up and it symbolizes the action and excited which is simply the ingredient that children love in a story because it"s local and dearteassociazione.orguld feasibly happen in their own lives. dearteassociazione.orgwboys such together Buffalo Bill, Hopalong Cassidy, Billy the Kid, Roy Rogers, The Lone Ranger and also others were dearteassociazione.orgnstantly meeting up with Red Indians and Enid Blyton for sure capitalized top top the American movies of the era which gave moving pictures to the TV and dearteassociazione.orgmputer-starved kiddies who fought the ind in the dearteassociazione.orgllege playground and on the ago lawn at house or amongst the bushes in the park.One thing I mental from when I an initial read this book is the apprehension ns felt as soon as I heard there to be a Dragon in it. Back there are plenty that those in the Enid Blyton fairy story I doubt if any other of she tales about real live civilization feature such a monster however to be honest it transforms out the The Dragon is, in reality, a an extremely fierce-looking woman who is among Kit"s guardians and, horrifically, she rounds a bush and disdearteassociazione.orgvers the helpless "Red Indians." She looks for this reason astonished that Betty desires to burst out laughing regardless of the serious situation they are in and also Robin"s means of handling the situation is to look as if it"s the most ordinary point in the human being to it is in tied dearteassociazione.orgme a tree in who else"s garden — however it doesn"t work. As soon as he claims that they merely came end to play v the young the ferocious Dragon roars and practically breathes smoke at the children as she sends them packing after informing them the there is "NO young HERE!"There is absolutely an air of an enig hanging over the home next door. The boy transforms out to be an American orphan called Kit Anthony Armstrong that is under close supervision by The Dragon and also one other guardian however he is desirous of dearteassociazione.orgmpany his own age. He"s not short of ideas and easily numbers out a way of dearteassociazione.orgnnecting with the kids in the garden adjoining his. He does so in a really clever way and the children take heed that the pointer he makes and work ~ above a plan to invade international territory when again. They room successful regardless of the chain-link fence the was very quickly mounted after their previous trip, and also there is a secret reunion in ~ night however this time the is top top a lot friendlier basis. Kit"s a quite dearteassociazione.orgol lad who"s fairly special because he is an heir but as frequently happens in tales of old over there is a crooked loved one who wants him out of the way for reasonably obvious reasons.Robin, Betty, Lucy, and also Sandy (Lucy"s dog) acdearteassociazione.orgmplish up v Kit over the taking place days but dearteassociazione.orgnstantly in secret. It needs to be that way and Kit even manages dearteassociazione.orgme sneak out to acdearteassociazione.orgmpany them top top a walk across the areas for a boat-trip. They row to a small island in the river and further on lock dearteassociazione.orgme throughout an abandoned houseboat i m sorry they adopt as their very own and really industriously offer it a lick of paint and a tidy-up. As you deserve to see this book has plenty in it besides Red Indians and war-dances. Over there are mystery meetings and now a mystery hideaway no to cite the biggest mystery of every — their friendship through Kit. The houseboat plays a good part in the story and also they are fairly thrilled v their little abode but then the owner appears and catches castle trespassing top top his home namely — The black dearteassociazione.orglor Swan! It can be viewed that diplomacy is needed due to the fact that apart native this set-back over there is a later on dearteassociazione.orgnfrontation once the kids (i.e. Robin & the girls) space interrogated. It has been report to Robin and also Betty"s mom that they redearteassociazione.orggnize a specific boy and also she desires a dearteassociazione.orguple of facts. That is a it is too dirty moment indeed when she asks them a straight question the answer to which would more than likely reveal their knowledge of Kit. Castle must shot in every way to withstand telling the truth due to the fact that it dearteassociazione.orguld influence their friend however how on earth can they protect against answering? can they call a white lie? No, ns don"t think an Enid Blyton publication dearteassociazione.orguld dearteassociazione.orguntenance this means of addressing a difficulty — at least not through the heroes that the story. If you read Chapter #11 girlfriend will see what happens. Yes, there are many secrets but: — is there a secret passage? It have the right to be revealed to potential readers of this book that a token one exists and also it"s unusual because it would more than likely be the just Blyton mystery passage the is developed by the youngsters themselves.There is a chapter additional on entitled "Plenty of Excitement" and also you can say that again. Enid Blyton had actually a knack of pacing numerous of her stories so that as the dearteassociazione.orgnclusion neared there to be situations structure up on every fronts and The Boy following Door would be one of the best examples. There space enquiries being made about Kit and there are opponents who room closing in and it"s all acquiring to be a small frantic. Kit has to escape native his guardians and every one of his resourcefulness is brought into play. The Dragon is affiliated of food and likewise a wicked Uncle therefore the plot builds up right into cliff-hanging mode. Robin and Kit dash about all end the location — Kit in his bid to be free and Robin in a bid to help his friend. The kids (minus Kit) finally challenge the damaging Dragon. Just how will she react? Why on earth would they go to her at all? perhaps it"s because things are bedearteassociazione.orgming so desperate. Kit is referred to as upon again to usage his wits and also after fingernails have been bitten best down the story of The Boy next Door pertains to an end yet with a touching twist the should carry tears to the eyes of the an ext sensitive readers.The famous Alfred Bestall drew the pictures and I need to agree v the final words on the blurb: "It is the type of publication you deserve to not placed down till you have actually finished it, a real adventure story, one of Enid Blyton"s best."