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Rediscover Puffin Classics, bringing the best-loved stories to a new generation.

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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894), a Scottish essayist, poet and author of fiction and travel books, was known especially for his novels of adventure. Stevenson became famous with the romantic adventure story Treasure Island, which appeared in 1883. Among his other popular works are Kidnapped (1886), The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) and The Master Of Ballantrae (1889).


Gr 7 Up-Fifteen-year-old Davie Balfours leaves his lowland Scotland home to travel to the Shaws estate to claim his inheritance after his father's deathbed confession reveals Davie to be the rightful heir. His uncle, who has no intention of giving up his home, arranges for Davie to be kidnapped by a sea captain and to be sold into slavery. While on board, Davie meets exiled Highland rebel Breck, and soon Davie is in for the adventure of a lifetime. A superb cast is very engaging, particularly James Anthony Pearson as Davie and Iain Glen as Breck, the charming knave with a heart of gold. The scenery is breathtaking and haunting; the highlands of Scotland have as profound a presence on the screen as the actors. Although this version is not faithful to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic coming-of-age novel, it is grand entertainment and would make a fine addition to school and public library collections.-Jane Halsall, McHenry Public Library, IL Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

The Puffin Classics series is a perfect marriage of the old and the new. Enjoy some of the best books from the past and find out why and how they inspired some of the best writers of the present -- Julia Eccleshare * Lovereading4kids *

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