‘It had been ages since the last Secret Seven meeting. In fact, it had been so long that there was a huge spiderweb right across the door of the shed at the bottom of the garden.’
We’re so excited that our favourite detective club’s back! Set in the same world and time as the original series, The Secret Seven: Mystery of the Skull satisfyingly extends the series for fans old and new.
Pamela Butchart, author of this brand-new adventure and a huge fan of Enid Blyton, shares her top five things about the Secret Seven:
1. The Shed
I was obsessed with that shed. I think I asked my mum and dad daily if we could move to a house with a garden so I could have my own Secret Seven shed.
2. The Picnics
I LOVE reading about food in books. And I’ve always loved picnics. A jam sandwich and packet of salt and vinegar squares just taste better outside, don’t they? And no-one does picnics like the Secret Seven.
Scamper the dog is just the best. I used to feel a bit like Janet when I was a child because I was the only one in our block of flats who was lucky enough to have a dog. His name was Ben and he was probably the best dog ever. He used to love coming to our secret meetings and happily gobbled up any picnic leftovers. Everyone loved him. Just like scamper.
Bossy Peter makes me laugh. I had a lot of fun writing about Peter in the new book.
5. The children are in charge!
For me, this is the essence of the books, and, along with the accessible and child-centred writing, the key to their success.