Silver: Return to Treasure Island

By Andrew Motion

A rip-roaring sequel to Treasure Island—Robert Louis Stevenson’s cherished classic—about younger pals and their high-seas experience with harmful pirates and long-lost treasure.
 
it is nearly 40 years after the occasions of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island:  Jim Hawkins now runs an lodge known as the Hispaniola at the English coast together with his son, Jim, and lengthy John Silver has again to England to stay in obscurity together with his daughter, Natty. Their lives are quiet and unremarkable; their adventures have possible ended.
      yet for Jim and Natty, the journey is simply starting. One evening, Natty methods 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 prior to. As Jim and Natty set sail of their fathers' footsteps, they quick research 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 forward to them—difficulties which require all their wit in addition to their courage.  Nor does the journey finish there, when you consider that they need to sail homeward again...
      Andrew Motion’s sequel—rollicking, heartfelt, and completely brilliant—would make Robert Louis Stevenson proud.

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While I appeared round on the others I observed they have been nodding in agreement—Bo’sun Kirkby and Mr. Lawson with a sincerity that proved they shared my embarrassment at now not with the ability to placed Scotland extra speedy at his ease. Scotland himself had his personal technique to this awkwardness, which was once to bow his head in brief opposed to Natty’s shoulder, and shut his eyes. I instructed myself this was once just a signal of gratitude, and intended to incorporate us all—but while he opened them back and seemed into her face, I observed one of those reputation cross among them, inspite of what he had acknowledged a second ahead of. i need to admit this perturbed me, and that i was once on the brink of urging us onward back, while Nature herself got here to my rescue. 5 or 6 yards away, perched relatively nonetheless within the colour of a pine tree, and gazing us with eyes as darkish as plums, used to be one other of the squirrels we had visible previous within the day. This specimen was once greater than the 1st, virtually the scale of a small pony, and with fur of such deep and sparkling redness it might probably were made up of embers. Bo’sun Kirkby observed it within the similar fast as I did, and through the sound of him felt as thankful as i used to be to have this distraction. “Damn my lamps,” he acknowledged softly. “What have we the following? ” The creature used to be now not in the slightest degree alarmed by way of the sound of his voice, which made me imagine it had visible so few humans, it didn't understand how risky we're. I felt certain of this while I observed Natty grab a pine cone that lay at the flooring with reference to her, and roll it ahead as if starting a video game. The animal allowed the cone to stick with its curving direction then cease inside of effortless succeed in, whereupon it picked up the reward, raised it to its nostril, thought of for a second, then changed it conscientiously at the floor with a exceedingly apologetic air. while this used to be performed it clasped its entrance legs—which i'd name palms, other than their nails have been skinny and yellow and pointed—and gave a comical kind of bow. Mr. Lawson, who have been chuckling all through this functionality, bowed again, which the squirrel looked as if it would imagine was once permission to leave. He dropped silkily onto all fours and, with a velocity that appeared really superb as a result of his huge bulk, scaled the pine tree in the back of him with a noisy scratching noise, and rustled into the cover and disappeared. Scotland, while I became again to him, was once smiling extensively; the tears had dried on his cheeks, and the sorrowful anger had lifted. “You have obvious this earlier than? ” I requested. “The squirrels? ” he acknowledged, rolling the “r”s very impressively. “Yes, there are many them approximately. ” “We have squirrels in England,” I advised him, “but this size”—and held up my fingers to teach what I intended. “Very small! ” Scotland stretched his eyes. “No! ” acknowledged Natty. “Here they're very giant. massive! ” Scotland shrugged, as though to turn out he was once really used to objects being strange—which positioned one other query in my brain. “Tell us,” I acknowledged, “what are the opposite animals at the island, and the birds? ” Scotland unfold his arms broad, fingers upward; this allowed us to work out how faded they have been, and likewise how deeply scarred and wrinkled.

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