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Treasure Island

By Robert Louis Stevenson

“Fifteen men on the dead man’s chest – Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!”

–Robert Louis Stevenson

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Book Summary

Genre:

Children’s Literature, Adventure Fiction

Themes:

Coming of Age, Greed, Adventure, Heroism, Desire, Self-Destruction

Ages:

8 -12 years

Storyline:

Young Jim Hawkins is an innkeeper’s son in Bristol. He romanticises and dreams of an adventure treasure hunting on the sea, but when real-life seadog Billy Bones disrupts his life, Jim is drawn into the dangerous pirate life and realises it is not as enchanting as he supposed.

When Billy unexpectedly dies, and pirate thugs ransack the inn, Jim discovers a map of Treasure Island and the location of the infamous and vast treasure of Captain Flint. Jim flees with the map to his trusted friends, who arrange a voyage on the Hispaniola, where they begin their quest to attain the treasure!

Jim’s experiences on Treasure Island are a powerful reminder that none of us is fully good nor wicked and that glorified sin – in this case, the appeal of a pirate’s life – will ultimately not satisfy us but instead leads to self-destruction.

This story is an adventurous coming-of-age tale about desire, greed, and heroism.

Content Warning:

Violence, Jim Hawkins takes a man’s life in an act of self-defence.

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