The Treasure of Savage Island

The Treasure of Savage Island

by Lenore Hart
     
 

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Rafe is an escaped slave, shipwrecked while stowing away to Boston. Molly is the strong-willed, penniless island girl who rescues him. Their wary friendship is tested when Savage Island is raided by picaroons still loyal to England after the Revolution.The two must work together to save Molly’s wounded father, expose a traitor, find a legendary treasure to free…  See more details below

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Rafe is an escaped slave, shipwrecked while stowing away to Boston. Molly is the strong-willed, penniless island girl who rescues him. Their wary friendship is tested when Savage Island is raided by picaroons still loyal to England after the Revolution.The two must work together to save Molly’s wounded father, expose a traitor, find a legendary treasure to free Molly’s family from debt, and spirit Rafe away to freedom.

Memorable characters and nonstop action bring history alive for young readers in this meticulously researched yarn.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This historical novel, set during a time just after the Revolutionary War, vividly renders a unique slice of life on a small island off the Atlantic coast. Fifteen-year-old Molly Savage lives with her father in a tavern on sparsely populated Savage Island, a bleak stretch of land off the coast of Virginia, which their family has owned for generations. Molly's coming-of-age tale alternates with chapters told from the point of view of an escaped slave, fourteen-year-old Rafe, who washes up on Savage Island after a shipwreck. Molly hopes to keep her father from marrying cruel Mrs. Ben, the villainous tavern owner whose sad, secret past makes her plight almost compelling—even to Molly herself. Rafe desires to leave the island to safely continue his journey to freedom. Forced by accident and circumstance to take giant leaps of faith to trust each other, the two teens help each other toward their respective goals. Although the protagonist is female, fast-paced action, fighting pirates, and a quest for lost treasure may make this book appeal to many male readers, too. The book's jacket seems designed to attract boys, with its portrait of the wonderfully-named Wayland Makeele, the picaroon captain. Great care and skill are apparent in the detailed descriptions of life on the island and the mainland at this particular moment in history. The plot is overly orchestrated with melodramatic twists, coincidences, and discoveries. Mary contemplates courtship and marriage, yet the emotional territory of this book and its bright conclusion make this novel appropriate for middle school readers. Also, it is much less dark than many contemporary books for young adults. 2005, Dutton Children's/Penguin,Ages 10 to 14.
—J. H. Diehl
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-Pirates, a runaway slave, buried treasure, and deceit and friendship are the ingredients of this gripping adventure that takes place on Virginia's eastern shore following the Revolutionary War. Motherless Molly Savage, 15, lives with her ne'er-do-well father on Savage Island. The two eke out a debtor's paltry living at the Hog's Head Tavern, now owned by domineering, abusive Mrs. Ben Pruitt since the girl's father lost it gambling. Into Molly's life comes Rafe, 14, a runaway slave from North Carolina. Favored and then spurned by his white master and father, the teen is shipwrecked on Savage Island; Molly discovers and hides him. When a British warship appears offshore and picaroon pirates launch terrorizing raids on the island in search of rumored treasure, Molly and Rafe warn the residents, save her injured father, and reveal the true identity of Mrs. Ben. Finally, the girl discovers the treasure that has eluded generations, and she helps Rafe escape toward freedom. Loaded with vivid geographic descriptions, barrier island lore, and historical detail, this fast-paced, compassionate story explores the friendship that develops between Molly and Rafe, who confront their mutual oppression and racial biases, share their hopes for a better life, and unite in their efforts to save one another. Post-Revolutionary War complexities of anti-British sentiment, pirate activity, and fugitive slave laws are smoothly woven into the story. The blend of lively dialogue, distinctive personalities, emotional conflicts, suspense, and resourceful protagonists makes this an exciting, informative, and insightful coming-of-age historical novel.-Gerry Larson, Durham School of the Arts, NC Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Hart gives 18th-century life on a sparsely settled Virginia island a decidedly unappealing cast in this melodramatic historical yarn. Forced into servitude by the harsh new owner of a tavern her widowed father has lost in a card game, Molly leads a miserable existence. However, hers is not as brutal as the one Rafe, a half-white plantation slave caught reading and savagely whipped for it, is trying to escape. When Rafe washes ashore in the wake of a shipwreck, he and Molly, his rescuer, become wary allies. This comes in handy when picaroons (Tory pirates active after the Revolutionary War) attack the village in search of a rumored stash of British gold. The author needs a number of big contrivances to bring her tale round to a happy ending. She does a creditable job, however, of showing how a slave would use a mix of playacting and quick wit to get by in a hostile world and of taking two young people past realistically portrayed prejudices to a halting, mistrustful but nonetheless real friendship. Too earnest, but absorbing nonetheless. (Fiction. 12-15)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101127650
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/18/2005
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
File size:
373 KB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

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