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The original and ultimate pirate adventure classic. Join young Jim Hawkins on the high seas in his terrifying attempt to outwit a fearsome band of pirates

Fifteen men on the dead man's chest-
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum!


When young Jim Hawkins discovers a map showing the way to Captain Flint's treasure, he and Squire Trelawney set sail on the Hispaniola to search for the gold. Little do they know that among their crew is the dastardly pirate Long John Silver. Silver has a devious plan to keep the gold all to himself. Can brave Jim outwit the most infamous pirate ever to sail the high seas? Will he escape from Treasure Island alive?

BACKSTORY: Learn the truth about pirates and add to your seafaring vocabulary!

Reviews

It is a breathless journey and the closest thing to a real pirate adventure without an eye patch and a time machine... It is a unique work of genius

Eoin Colfer, author of Artemis Fowl

There are few novels which grip so thrillingly as those first read in childhood, and for me none which has quite matched the excitement of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island

P.D. James

Who can think of a pirate without conjuring up the image of Long John Silver?

Daily Mail

So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!

National Association for the Teaching of English

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780099573036

    August 1, 2012

    Vintage Children's Classics

    368 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • Hardback

    9780241359914

    September 3, 2018

    Puffin

    RRP $25.00

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  • Hardback

    9780141374192

    October 17, 2016

    Puffin

    336 pages

    RRP $30.00

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  • Hardback

    9780141192451

    September 28, 2009

    Penguin Classics

    240 pages

    RRP $40.00

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  • Paperback

    9780099511298

    January 1, 2009

    Vintage Classics

    224 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • Paperback

    9780141321004

    June 2, 2008

    Puffin

    336 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • Paperback

    9780140437683

    September 18, 2000

    Penguin Classics

    240 pages

    RRP $21.00

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  • Hardback

    9781857159097

    November 27, 1992

    Childrens Classics

    320 pages

    RRP $36.95

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  • Audio CD

    9781846071089

    March 15, 2017

    BBC CD

    RRP $35.00

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  • Treasure Island
    Robert Louis Stevenson

    EBook

    9780141362878

    March 5, 2015

    Penguin eBooks

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  • EBook

    9781407074597

    August 1, 2011

    Vintage Digital

    224 pages

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