July, 1802. In the marshy eastern reaches of the Thames lies the Hispaniola, an inn kept by Jim Hawkins and his son. Young Jim spends his days roaming the mist-shrouded estuaries, running errands for his father and listening to his stories in the taproom; tales of adventures on the high seas, of curses, murder and revenge, black spots and buried treasure u and of a man with a wooden leg. Late one night, a mysterious girl named Natty arrives on the river with a request for Jim from her father u Long John Silver. Aged and weak, but still possessing a strange power, the pirate proposes that Jim and Natty sail to Treasure Island in search of Captain Flint's hidden bounty, the 'beautiful bar silver' left behind many years before. Silver has chartered a ship and a hardy crew for this purpose, whose captain is waiting only for the map, now locked away at the Hispaniola. Making haste from London, Jim and Natty set off in the footsteps of their fathers, their tentative friendship growing stronger day by day.
From the moment that Natty Silver, daughter of Long John Silver, pulls up dockside at Jim Hawkins's waterfront inn and enlists Jim's son to search out his father's old treasure map and accompany her on a return trip to Treasure Island, a rollicking adventure is under way. Now blind and frail, Long John Silver has a dying wish: he wants his daughter to recover the silver treasure he was forced to leave behind years ago. To that end, he has provisioned a Baltimore clipper and hired a competent crew to sail across the Caribbean. What they discover when they finally make landfall is an island of depravity. The pirates left behind have commandeered the survivors of a marooned slave ship and have abused their victims egregiously. The battle to uncover the treasure and rescue the slaves will require resourcefulness and courage. VERDICT As modern sequels to well-loved classics go, this worthy follow-up by former British poet laureate Motion has everything: a seagoing adventure with endearing heroes, barbarous pirates, venomous snakes, a loquacious parrot, and romance. Can't miss. [See Prepub Alert, 2/27/12.]-Barbara Love, Kingston- Frontenac P.L., Ont. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
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August 07, 2012
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