Five Get into Trouble
|Illustrator||Eileen A. Soper|
|Series||The Famous Five series|
|Genre||Mystery, Adventure novel|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Media type||Print (hardcover and paperback)|
|Preceded by||Five Go Off to Camp|
|Followed by||Five Fall Into Adventure|
Siblings Julian, Dick and Anne are spending the Easter school holidays at Kirrin Cottage with their cousin Georgina and her dog, Timmy. George's parents, Quentin and Fanny, plan to go away for several days so that Quentin can attend some scientific conferences. This results in the children being given permission to go on a cycling and camping holiday. At a lake, they encounter a boy named Richard Kent, who wants to spend the day cycling with the Five. He promises to stay at his aunt's house at the end of the day, if his mother gives him permission. The children agree, and Richard joins them. However Richard does not ask for permission and later finds his aunt is away. When leaving, he is chased by a car driven by Rooky, one of his wealthy father's former bodyguards, who was fired because Richard had told tales about him. Rooky's associates chase Richard on foot in Middlecombe Woods and mistake Dick for Richard and kidnap him. Richard finds Julian and George, who berate him for telling lies and being cowardly.
Julian, Anne, George and Richard trace Dick to Owl's Dene, and on the way Julian observes a man changing clothes and another man throwing clothes down a well. At Owl's Dene, the children sneak into the house but are caught and imprisoned, while Timmy remains outside. That night, Julian finds Dick locked in an upstairs room and discovers a secret room with a man sleeping in it. The next morning, Rooky arrives and sees his associates have kidnapped the wrong boy. The Five and Richard are nearly freed, but Richard is recognised and they are imprisoned in the grounds of the house.
When one of the gang members leaves in their car, Richard hides in the boot, narrowly escapes being recaptured and then goes to the police. When the police arrive at Owl's Dene, Julian shows them the secret room containing an escaped convict and stolen diamonds. The Five later join Richard for a meal and praise his heroism.
The novel was adapted in 1970 as a Danish-German film production, De 5 i fedtefadet and in 2013 as a German film, Fünf Freunde 2.