Sunday, May 15, 2016

Treasure Island

by Robert Louis Stevenson

Part of my literature class this semester involved a road trip through the South. Riding on a bus for a million hours offers plenty of opportunity for discussion and given the nature of the class it's predictable that we discussed favorite reads. Treasure Island was one book mentioned by several people, which is also one book I missed reading as a kid. The great thing about books is that age doesn't matter!

Everyone dreams of finding a hidden treasure, striking gold or winning the lottery.  In this story Stevenson gives a young Jim Hawkins a treasure map with a warning to be on the lookout for a peg-legged traitor. Jim enlists the help of the town doctor to help him, and they quickly gather a boat and a crew and begin their search. Unfortunately some of those aboard have ulterior motives, including the infamous Long John Silver! Thus we are whisked away on a tale of adventure, piracy and deceit as Jim faces some hard knocks into maturity.

A fast and fun read for all ages! It'd be a great summer read aloud-- for those of you with kids still at home, particularly boys.

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