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By Robert Louis Stevenson
Young Jim Hawkins finds at the bottom of Billy Bones’ mysterious sea-chest a bag of gold and a bundle of papers, wrapped in oilskin. Once opened, the bundle proves far more valuable than the gold—more valuable, even, than young Jim’s very life. For it is a map to Treasure Island itself. Neither the map nor the Island, Jim quickly learns, is a secret. The dread crew of Captain Flint, ruthless pirates to a man, have been to the Island themselves; they need only the map to recover what was left there. Afire with the desire for gold and driven with desperation to discover it, they will suffer no one to defeat them…
Awash in action and mystery, treachery and greed, loyalty and friendship, bravery and battle, and boasting a cast of such unforgettable characters as the baleful Blind Pew and deceptively amiable Long John Silver, the kindly Ben Gunn and honorable Captain Smollett, Treasure Island simply brooks no rival as an adventure story. If the prospect of “storm and adventure, heat and cold; schooners, islands, and maroons; buccaneers and buried gold, and all the old romance, retold” sparks the seafaring spirit into life—“so be it, and fall on!”
Robert Louis Stevenson (1850–1894) was a Scottish novelist, essayist, and poet. A storyteller and wordsmith of the first order, his classic works include—along with Treasure Island—the novels The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Kidnapped, and The Black Arrow; the Arabian Nights volumes; and the poetry collection A Child’s Garden of Verses.
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