Treasure Island is a much loved Puffin Classic by Robert Louis Stevenson. Following the demise of bloodthirsty buccaneer Captain Flint, young Jim Hawkins finds himself with the key to a fortune. For he has discovered a map that will lead him to the fabled Treasure Island. But a host of villains, wild beasts and deadly savages stand between him and the stash of gold. Not to mention the most infamous pirate ever to sail the high seas...With a wonderfully funny introduction by award-winning author Eoin Colfer, Treasure Island is one of the twelve brilliant classic stories being relaunched in Puffin Classics in March 2008. Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. He studied law but preferred writing and in 1881 was inspired by his stepson to write Treasure Island. Other famous adventure stories followed including Kidnapped, as well as the famous collection of poems for children, A Child's Garden of Verses. Robert Louis Stevenson is buried on the island of Samoa. The Puffin Classics: Red Badge of Courage; Anne of the Island; Wuthering Heights; Anne of Avonlea; Kidnapped; What Katy Did; The Happy Prince; David Copperfield; Robin Hood; Peter Pan; The Secret Garden; Black Beauty; The Call of the Wild; Huckleberry Finn; Sherlock Holmes; Little Lord Fauntleroy; The Wizard of Oz; Just So Stories; Treasure Island; Alice's Adventures in Wonderland; Little Women; Oliver Twist; The Wind in the Willows; The Secret Garden; and the Princess and the Goblin.
Climb aboard for the swashbuckling adventure of a lifetime. Treasure Islandhas enthralled (and caused slight seasickness) for decades. The names Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins are destined to remain pieces of folklore for as long as children want to read Robert Louis Stevenson's most famous book. With it's dastardly plot and motley crew of rogues and villains, it seems unlikely that children will ever say no to this timeless classic. --Naomi Gesinger