Treasure Island

Our rating: *****

At the inn Admiral Benbow, an old sea dog appears with a large treasure chest. He stays as a permanent guest, terrorizing everybody, running up large bills, and growing sick. One day, he dies, and Jim Hawkins and his mother (who run the inn) open the chest to take the money the man owed them. However, the old man’s friends from his pirate days have the same idea, and to make up for what his mother hasn’t time to take, Jim grabs a small oilskin bag from the man’s neck. When they open the bag later, it’s found to be a map to Treasure Island!

And that’s just a summary of the first few chapters! It gets even better in the middle. Want a sample? Here you go: pirates, a dangerous sea voyage, mutiny, battles, sneaking, spying, the dreaded Black Spot, a marooned man, treasure… To name a few. I should mention that a some parts get a little intense. It’s great to read Treasure Island out loud, so the whole family can enjoy it.

2 Responses to “Treasure Island”

  1. Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest, Yo ho ho and a . . . Ahem. This is quite the book. It really keeps you on your toes, or the edge of your chair, or frozen to the floor, wherever you happen to be reading it. If you’ve seen the Muppet version, it’s more “based” on the “story” then adapted from the book. Long John Silver gives me the shivers, and over-all, Robert Louis Stevenson did a wonderful job. This book will grip you, shake you, excite you, thrill you, and give you plenty of imagination fuel for the next few days. Enjoy!

  2. […] Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic pirate story Treasure Island. Arrr, ’tis not to be miss… […]

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