Treasure Island


Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island, a book by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a well-known classic novel, bringing us on a fun-filled journey of exploration and adventure.  The novel is the story of a young boy, Jim Hawkins.  When Billy Bones, an old pirate, dies in Jim’s family inn, Jim unlocks Billy’s sea chest and discovers an old map!   This map is very valuable as it leads to treasure buried by the notorious Captain Flint!  But of course, there are a lot of pirates after this treasure too, including the frightening Long John Silver!  The relationship between Silver and Jim is very interesting as they switch from allies to enemies throughout the book.  Treasure Island succeeds in taking you into the world of pirates, ships, hidden treasure, and squawky parrots.  I found this book to be a good read for children between the ages of 12 and 14 years.  After all, Stevenson wrote the novel for his 12 year old stepson.

Rating: 8/10.  Overall Treasure Island is very well tied together.  The characters have good personalities and the plot is craftily written.  But at times, I found the language difficult to understand as the novel was written in old style English.  Also, I found the ending to be quite abrupt.  I would recommend it to anyone who likes a lot of adventures and excitement.  So go on, give it a read!  Ahoy shipmates!

Emma C, aged 12.

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