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Golly gosh! Young Blyton fans' Disney competition chance

PUBLISHED: 15:13 07 May 2008 | UPDATED: 11:42 12 August 2010

YOUNG Enid Blyton fans could have their stories published in a limited edition book as part of a television channel s competition.

YOUNG Enid Blyton fans could have their stories published in a limited edition book as part of a television channel's competition.

The Disney Channel is inviting children to pen their own adventure stories to tie in with the launch of the new series Famous Five: On the Case, a spin off of Beckenham author Blyton's classic adventures.

Youngsters will be given the first line of a story which they will have to finish, with the winning entry being produced as a limited edition book and an audio podcast.

Vice President at Disney Channel's Worldwide group, Steve Aranguren, said: "We're delighted to be launching this national writing competition to coincide with Famous Five: On The Case. We want to inspire a new generation of Famous Five fans and to get them to tap into their creativity."

The series sparked controversy amongst die-hard Blyton fans who were not keen on the new adaptation.

On the Enid Blyton Society website forum, Ming wrote: "Well I think the idea is absolutely horrible! Do the people actually think the offspring of the Famous Five will make people want to read the original Famous Five? Surely not!"

Another post from Peppermint Peppy said: "Sorry folks, but I am very annoyed regarding this new series. It's not that I am not open to new ideas but in my opinion this series seems to be a botch job and as useful as a hole in a head!"

However, bosses at publisher Hodder, who produced the first Famous Five books in 1942 and who are publishing partners in the competition, disagreed.

Hodder publisher, Margaret Conroy, said: "The enduring popularity of the original Famous Five books is testament to the quality of the stories.

"The Famous Five: On the Case stories inherit, like the characters in the TV series, the qualities of their parents, and bring a new audience to the world of the Famous Five. We hope to see that audience developing storytelling skills through their own writing."

In the new series, the children of the original Famous Five are brought together at their Aunt George's house on the English coast.

The characters Jo, Max, Allie, Dylan and dog Timmy embark on a series of adventures similar to their parents and rely on their own resources to solve whatever mysteries they encounter.

The competition was launched on May 5 and closes on July 31 and the winners will be announced in September.

It is split across two age categories, one for the under-nine age group, who should write between 150 to 300 words and nine to 11-year-olds, whose story should be between 300 and 600 words.

To enter, log on www.disneychannel.co.uk and fill in the form.

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