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Treasure Island

Written by Robert Louis Stevenson

Part of the Oxford Children's Classics Series

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LoveReading View on Treasure Island

This is a much-loved favourite classic. Here are the thoughts of three favourite authors: 

Michael Morpurgo: 'A terrifically exciting tale of a dead man’s map, mutinous pirates, skulduggery and buried treasure that will be thoroughly enjoyed by a child if read aloud to them from the age of 5 upwards.  It’s such a gripping adventure that children are sure to pick it up again to read alone when they’re a little older.  It’s the story of Jim Hawkins who discovers a map in an old sea chest but little does he know of the danger and excitement which lie ahead when sets sail for Treasure Island in search of treasure.

'This was the first proper book I read for myself.  Jim Hawkins was the first character in a book I identified with totally. I was Jim Hawkins. I lived Treasure Island as I read it.  And I loved it.  Still do. I wish I'd written it.'

Tim Bowler, February 2011 Guest Editor:

"All right, another sea story, but it's one of the best ever. I first read it at the age of ten and I've read it countless times since. It's a book I would love to have written myself. It's got everything – pirates, treasure, a sea voyage, a desert island, danger, treachery, courage, comradeship, humour, and a cast that includes some of the most memorable characters in fiction: Jim Hawkins, Squire Trelawney, Ben Gunn and Long John Silver. Every time I read this novel, it gets better. There are very few books you can say that about."

March 2010 Guest Editor Michael Foreman's special memories of this book:

"One of our teachers, Oscar Outlaw, realised that most of the class had no books at home.  He started bringing in his own books and reading to us on Friday afternoons if it was too wet for games.  First he read The Wind in the Willows.  And then, Treasure Island.  What a treat!  We looked forward to rain." 

Treasure Island in a nutshell:

Black spot moment.  Sea dog dies.  Jim finds map.  Ship sets sail.  Pirates on board.  Island is found.  Madman in cave.  Two rival camps.  Battle for map.  Dig up chest.  Treasure is gone.  Gunn has gold.  Head back home.  Silver runs off.
Jim writes book.

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Treasure Island Synopsis

Oxford Children’s Books has produced some absolutely delightful new editions of some enduring and unforgettable classics, including Hound of the Baskervilles, Little Women, The Jungle Book, Anne of Green Gables, Treasure Island and Ballet Shoes.  The texts are complete and unabridged and each of them is beautifully designed in a small format hardback edition.  They’re books to treasure and return to again and again.

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Book Information

ISBN: 9780192737458
Publication date: 2nd August 2007
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 336 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Classic Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks

About Robert Louis Stevenson

Robert Louis Stevenson was born to Thomas and Margaret Isabella Balfour Stevenson in Edinburgh on 13 November 1850. From the beginning he was sickly. Through much of his childhood he was attended by his faithful nurse, Alison Cunningham, known as Cummy in the family circle. She told him morbid stories about the Covenanters (the Scots Presbyterian martyrs), read aloud to him Victorian penny-serial novels, Bible stories, and the Psalms, and drilled the catechism into him, all with his parents' approval. Thomas Stevenson was quite a storyteller himself, and his wife doted on their only child, sitting in admiration while her precocious son ...

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