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Gr 7 Up-The archetypal sea-faring adventure story is given another rousing and dramatic rendition in this quickly paced abridged entry in Hodder's top-flight Classic Collection series. The critical plot and subplot threads have been beautifully retained, and all the classic lines like "shiver me timbers" have been included. Stalwart English actor Richard Griffiths handles the bulk of the narrative chores flawlessly and is particularly effective in his pacing. He is capably assisted by Gareth Armstrong who, inexplicably, is uncredited on the cassette case. The subtle use of occasional sound effects such as gulls, lapping waves, and cannon and gunshot enhances this superb version of Stevenson's masterpiece. All collections should make room for this fine work.-Barry X. Miller, Austin Public Library, TX Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

Robert Ingpen's dramatic full-color, full-page and spot illustrations seem to reinvent Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. Even readers intimate with the great adventure tale of young Jim Hawkins's search for buried riches will feel they haven't met Captain Long John Silver or the marooned Ben Gunn until they spy Ingpen's portraits here. Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

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