Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is the archetypal sea adventure, a search for buried pirate gold with an abundance of memorable villains and heroes who come to life beneath Stevenson's masterful pen. The tale itself was an extension of a detailed pirate map Stevenson drew for his 12 year-old stepson Lloyd Osborne, the author's fertile imagination soon peopling the map with the wild characters and stirring adventures that were serialized in 1881 in a Scottish magazine and eventually published two years later in book form.
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