Shock for the Secret Seven
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Dogs are disappearing from the village, but the Seven are so busy arguing and falling out with each other that they don't even notice. Then poor Scamper becomes the latest victim and it's all systems go for the Secret Seven!
in to light it for them. He looked round the shed. 'Ha - you've let it get pretty messy, haven't you?' he said. 'Wants a good clean, that's what it wants. Waste of a good shed, this, that's what / think.' 'It isn't wasted,' said Peter. 'We use it for our meetings. You know we do.' 'Fat lot of meetings you've had lately,' said Gardener, grumpily. 'Last month I wanted this shed for my onions, and what happened ? No sooner did I put them in than I had to take them out - because you wanted it
stranger - and he definitely wouldn't go off with anyone he didn't know. He'd bark the place down! So the thief must have been someone that all the dogs knew - someone that every one of them trusted and liked very much - just as they love Bony and will follow him anywhere. Blow it - who is this peculiar thief, loved and trusted by dogs everywhere? It must be one of those seven people who went to the farm this morning.' He decided to go out for a walk - but that sister of his would want to go
I've got it here in my pocket! Anyway, I had to tell Mother I was going - she wanted to know why I couldn't play with Bony. And don't you glare at me like that!' Til glare at you all I like!' said Peter. 'I tell you, you don't deserve to be . . .' 'All right, all right. You've said that already,' said Jack, glaring back. 'If I don't deserve to belong, I won't belong! I'll resign! I'll walk out! Here's my badge - take it, or I'll throw it away. I don't want it any more. I can't HELP having a
done for you, you just turn round and say "No thank you; I've changed my mind." All right then- we jolly well won't have you in our club! You can just be on your own!' CHAPTER FIVE Matt the Shepherd Has Some News CHRISTMAS came and went, with all its excitements and parties and pantomimes. Peter's mother came to him with a wonderful idea in the New Year. 'Would you like me to give a party for the Secret Seven?' she said. 'Just for you seven? You've had so many good times together, so many
on.' And two minutes later Janet, Peter, their father and Cobbett the policeman all trailed up the long hill to where Matt the shepherd lived in his little hut, all among the sheep. Scamper raced with them, very happy. But Matt wasn't there. ' He's out with the sheep - looking for two or three missing ones, I expect,' said Peter's father. 'Now he's lost his sheep-dog, he's no one to help him. I must borrow another dog for him if I can. A shepherd is lost without a good dog to help him. I