The Graphic Novel
Publication Date: July 27, 2010
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Fifteen men on the dead man's chest -
Yo-ho-ho, and a bottle of rum.'
Life changes for Jim Hawkins the day a mysterious sailor walks into his father's inn. The sailor, Billy Bones, possesses a secret which is in hot demand. As Jim discovers when Billy Bones dies, the secret is actually a map which indicates the whereabouts of some hidden treasure... and people are willing to kill for it.
The much sought-after treasure map falls into the hands of Jim, and he embarks on an adventure to find legendary riches. Little does he know that it will be a voyage fraught with numerous and unknown dangers. On a ship full of pirates, all out for their own personal gain, Jim realizes that very few can be trusted. But will the murderous crew get what they want? Or will Jim outwit them to recover the buried treasure?
Robert Louis Stevenson's tale, full of action and adventure, has entertained readers for well over a hundred years. This graphic novel adaptation brings to life a fascinating story that can be enjoyed by young and old alike.
Robert Louis Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1850. The son of an engineer, Stevenson followed in his father's footsteps by studying engineering and law at the University of Edinburgh. However, his passion for writing soon became more than a hobby and he decided to pursue it on a full-time basis. This career choice initially upset his father, but Stevenson made a promise to complete his studies, and was admitted to the Scottish bar in 1875.
Stevenson's most famous work is the classic pirate tale Treasure Island, which was published in 1883. A fast-paced story of adventure, with mass appeal, it soon became popular across the world. Stevenson later created an infamous, but very intriguing, character in The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, published in 1886. In 1887, Stevenson headed for America with his wife, stepson and mother. He had become famous in New York, and received many attractive offers from various publishers. It was soon after this move that he took up his pen for The Master of Ballantrae, a novel which is considered one of his best works.
Stevenson died at the age of forty-four on 3rd December, 1894. While best known for writing tales of action and adventure, Robert Louis Stevenson is also remembered as an accomplished poet and essayist.
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