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By Andrew Motion

A rip-roaring sequel to Treasure Island—Robert Louis Stevenson’s cherished classic—about younger buddies and their high-seas event with harmful pirates and long-lost treasure.
it really is virtually 40 years after the occasions of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island:  Jim Hawkins now runs an hotel referred to as the Hispaniola at the English coast along with his son, Jim, and lengthy John Silver has back to England to reside in obscurity together with his daughter, Natty. Their lives are quiet and unremarkable; their adventures have doubtless ended.
      yet for Jim and Natty, the journey is simply starting. One evening, Natty techniques younger Jim with a proposition: go back to Treasure Island and locate the rest treasure that their fathers left in the back of such a lot of years earlier than. As Jim and Natty set sail of their fathers' footsteps, they speedy study that this trip aren't easy.  instantly, they arrive up opposed to murderous pirates, long-held grudges, and greed and deception lurking in each nook. And once they arrive on Treasure Island, they locate negative scenes looking ahead to them—difficulties which require all their wit in addition to their courage.  Nor does the journey finish there, due to the fact they must sail homeward again...
      Andrew Motion’s sequel—rollicking, heartfelt, and completely brilliant—would make Robert Louis Stevenson proud.

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I shook my very own head in go back. I felt I have been tricked, and made to simply accept a hazard the place none had to exist. yet there has been not anything i may do to reduce it, other than be vigilant. Be vigilant and, if i didn't are looking to bitter every little thing among myself and Natty, permit the problem drop, which I instantly did. while, I reckoned it cavalier of her, and brilliant of the captain, to imagine they'd have my contract on so tender a question. It advised me how a lot they have been either in thrall to Mr. Silver. The outdated man’s strength of character was once obviously nonetheless remarkable, even if his physique had nearly ceased to be. while I became my recognition again to the remainder of my shipmates, i discovered that they had nearly exhausted the topic of treasure, other than to remind each other that the bar silver have been left through Captain Flint whilst he deposited the bigger hoard—the one my father had already taken. The hushed tone during which they noted what they was hoping to find was once particularly in contrast to the rapaciousness my father had discovered on his personal voyage. as an alternative, it looked as if it would bestow a mystical caliber, even a luminosity, on every thing they stated; i feel they felt the phrases sparkling of their mouths as they talked, within the related approach they imagined the ingots themselves, shining of their hiding position underneath the sand. this type of dreaminess ended whilst Mr. Tickle (whom I had spotted prior to as a result of his yellow pipe and fuzzy beard), pointed out the problem of the maroons—the 3 pirates left at the back of via the Hispaniola. Mr. Tickle questioned aloud what had turn into of them. “Turned into skeletons,” acknowledged Bo’sun Kirkby very abruptly—which i presumed confirmed that he didn't prefer to contemplate their ache. “Turned into gardeners,” stated one other by way of the identify of Mr. Stevenson—a Scotsman and a wisp of a fellow, whose position was once in general within the crow’s nest, the place he acted as our lookout. “Eating every one other,” stated Mr. Allan, which—judging by way of their laughter—the others suggestion used to be a cook’s prerogative. but if this merriment had died away, one other voice further his techniques, and this belonged to Jordan arms; it was once the 1st time I had heard him converse. “More most likely they’ll have prospered,” he stated. His voice used to be very quiet yet whilst certain, as if his comments have been according to wisdom and never conjecture (which used to be in fact impossible). “They have been left an outstanding inventory of powder and shot, besides a couple of medicinal drugs, and a few different necessaries resembling instruments, garments, a spare sail and a fathom or of rope. additionally, i feel, a good-looking current of tobacco. ” He broke off to swallow with a dry click on. “And the majority of the salted goat, which they can consume earlier than they set concerning the animals which are local to the island, and the berries, and the oysters. Oh, they’ll have prospered, without doubt on that ranking. Prospered very properly, I count on. ” This verdict solid a relax over everybody, and even if sunlight had now solely tired from the sky, i used to be nonetheless in a position to see sadness hollowing their faces, as they absorbed the concept the island would possibly not in the end be theirs and theirs by myself.

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