The next category I want to look at in my childhood books is Young Detectives! Oh I spent so many happy days following the adventures of kids investigating crimes that those silly policemen never seemed able to solve!
Again Enid Blyton was a firm favourite with The Famous Five, Secret Seven, Five Find-Outers (led by the wonderful Fatty and dog Buster) plus the Adventure series, Secret series and the Adventurous Four. None of the covers I had as a kid are available to choose so I've picked random ones.
I loved The Famous Five and related totally to George. I climbed trees, loved football and was a huge tomboy as a child so she was my favourite. Best book in the series for me was Five Get Into Trouble as it was quite dark. Years later a new revamped Famous Five series was written and I snapped those up eagerly with my favourite being the Black Mask. It was a great robbery/murder mystery! Anyone read any of these?