Treasure Island
Treasure Island
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Treasure Island

Written by Robert Louis Stevenson
Published by Puffin Books
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What's Treasure Island About

Publisher Summary

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 twenty brilliant classic stories being reissued in Puffin Classics in March 2015.

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What Should I Know As a Parent

Families are unique and have different expectations for the books they choose to read. The following are concepts included in this book that some parents may wish to seek out or avoid.

Note that this list is not exhaustive and there may be concepts in this book that are not included or have been insufficiently or incorrectly detailed here.


    A character speculates that Long John Silver sails so often because his wife is Black. There is one use of "negroes," "Mexican Indians," "half-bloods," and "negress." "Ass" is used a couple of times to denote someone being foolish.


    Pirates and sailors are shot and stabbed. In the most graphic scene, a sailor is knocked in the back with a crutch and then stabbed in the back by Long John Silver.


    The pirates are constantly drinking rum.


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Book Details

Publication Date
April 1, 2008
Reading Age
9 - 12 years
WorldCat Number (OCLC)
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