Treasure Island

Written for children and a complex but fast-moving read, this is a 3 on the 5-star Reading System

“Fifteen men on the Dead Man’s Chest

Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum!”

Treasure Island

Treasure Island has all of the most marvelous clichés of every Pirate story because it was the first, the original, the precursor of them all! With this rollicking and frightening tale, Robert Louis Stevenson invented the pirate story genre.

Salty drunkards, wide-eyed cabin-boys, enterprising captains, intrepid leaders; castaways, bad-mouthed parrots, and mutinous cooks; all these and more pepper Stevenson’s gripping novel about a search for buried treasure.

If you love action adventure stories, with death hiding inside every musty cave, and dead bones gripping barnacled, buried chests, you’ll love Treasure Island!

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Born on November 13, 1850, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Robert Louis Stevenson traveled often, and his global wanderings lent themselves well to his brand of fiction. Stevenson developed a desire to write early in life, having no interest in the family business of lighthouse engineering. He was often abroad, usually for health reasons, and his journeys led to some of his early literary works. Publishing his first volume at the age of 28, Stevenson became a literary celebrity during his life when works such as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde were released to eager audiences. He died in Samoa in 1894.

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