Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Introduction by: Mary Pope Osborne
Grade Level Equivalent:
Guided Reading Level:
Courage, Bravery, Heroism, Loyalty, Friends and Friendship, Honor, European
Billy Bones' old map shows a small island with a red cross marking a dead pirate's buried treasure. Young Jim Hawkins knows that a fortune in gold lies waiting for him.
Aboard the Hispaniola with his friends Dr. Livesey and Squire Trelawney, Jim sails toward Treasure Island. The voyage goes well until Jim hears a frightening conversation. He learns that the one-legged man who signed on as ship's cook is the famous pirate Long John Silver. And worse, he discovers that the crew is in a plot with Silver to steal the treasure. Jim wonders if he can do the seemingly impossible: save his life and the treasure.
As a children's book author, Mary Pope Osborne considers herself to be a professional daydreamer.