Then There Were Five by Elizabeth Enright
Describe it in 25 words or less.
Gable: The Melendys are back with endless adventure and a new best friend.
Morgan: The fourth book in the Melendy Quartet series about the Melendy children’s adventures at the Four-Story Mistake with their new friend, Mark Herron.
Morgan: Classic/Children’s Literature
Who was your favorite character and why?
Gable: Mark Herron because he was kind and humble but up for adventure and easy to love.
Morgan: Randy because I could relate to her the most, but I also liked Mark because he was kind and smart despite the fact that he lived a tough life.
Who was your least favorite character and why?
Gable: Waldemar Crown because he was a jerk.
Morgan: Oren because he was cruel but I also didn’t much like Rush because he was a bit of a brat.
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while?
Gable: It was a funny and bittersweet book from the first two paragraphs to the last period.
Morgan: Despereaux because he followed his heart and never gave up.
Was it plot or character driven?
Morgan: Slightly more on the plot side this time.
What did you think of the ending?
Did you learn anything?
Gable: A bit about first aid, building dams, canning fruits, getting people out of wells, and a lot about toadstools.
What was the moral of the story?
Morgan: Be hopeful. Even though sometimes life may be a little rough, you still have to make the most of each moment.
Gable: “But of all the new experiences the one which Mark learned most eagerly was the simple one of living in a family. He knew that when he woke in the morning there would be sun at the windows, a humming of voices in the house, a sound of running water, a smell of bacon cooking and a day ahead that was full of jokes, discoveries, work, play and conversation: full of new things to learn that he had never known or heard of. And he would leap out of bed as if there was not a moment to lose. Something warm and comfortable that tickled his ribs as it grew, and made him want to laugh a lot and be happy and see other people laugh, too, was growing inside him.” – Elizabeth Enright
Morgan: “I killed those.” said Oliver with bloodthirsty satisfaction, pointing to a huge pile of dead weeds.
Have you read other books in the series?
Gable: Yes, but this is the best one so far. I’ve got one more to go in the series which I will read this year. You can see my review of The Four-Story Mistake here.
Morgan: Yes. I am reading the whole Melendy Quartet series.
Who would you recommend it to?
Gable: People who enjoyed the Penderwicks trilogy but also like children’s classics.
Morgan: Those who loved the previous books in the series, those who like cheery classics or those who like children’s classics in general.
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Tell us about a friendship you had with someone who taught you lots.