Kidnapped

Kidnapped

by R. L. Stevenson
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Kidnapped by R. L. Stevenson

Shipwreck. Murder. Flight. Intrigue. And of course, kidnapping. David Balfour's adventures on the high seas are among the most evocative in classic literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780099573739
Publisher: Random House UK
Publication date: 05/01/2013
Series: Vintage Children's Classics
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON was born in Edinburgh in 1850. He was an intelligent but sickly child and so he started to make up stories to entertain himself. He once wrote, 'I have three powerful impressions of childhood: my sufferings when I was sick, my delights in convalescence at my grandfather's manse of Colinton, near Edinburgh, and the unnatural activity of my mind after I was in bed at night.' During the summer of 1881, Stevenson and his family were staying in a cottage in Braemar in Scotland. One afternoon he began drawing a map to amuse his stepson, but found that he himself was carried away, 'As I pored upon my map of "Treasure Island", the future characters of the book began to appear there visibly among imaginary woods: and their brown faces and bright weapons peeped out upon me from unexpected quarters... the next thing I knew, I had some papers before me and was writing out a list of chapters'. And so Treasure Island was begun and published in 1881. Robert Louis Stevenson is the author of Kidnapped and The Children's Garden of Verses as well as the adult book, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. During his short life Stevenson travelled the world from the South Pacific to the USA, Europe to Australia. He died at the age of 44 years old on a small Samoan island in the Pacific.

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Kidnapped (Enriched Classics Series) 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my all time favorites. I first read kidnapped in high school after being recomended by a friend. 30years later and read three times i still find it hard to put down. They dont write them like that anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im bored
LisasGeode More than 1 year ago
This paragon of colorful and lovely writing is now often classified as YA, young adult. My unabridged version would be a challenge for less than a strong high school reader. The language is appropriate for the mid-1700s setting primarily in Scotland. That makes the vocabulary sometimes obscure or unfamiliar to twenty-first century readers. That is surely not a complaint. The story, language, and structure are terrific and the footnotes and dictionary in this version really helped with that. The story: David Balfour at age 17 becomes an orphan upon the death of his father. Following instructions his father had given the local preacher, David seeks the uncle he never before knew existed, the one holding the family’s traditional manor. The uncle’s shady dealings with some sailors lead to the sailors’ taking away David without his consent. Upon the ship, David faces personal hardships as well as seeing rather unsavory men doing rather unsavory things. When a curious event leads to Alan Breck’s entrance onto the ship, David’s life changes in ways he couldn’t have foreseen. He and Breck become allies and friends through many harrowing events, including a battle with the ship’s sailors, shipwreck, false accusations, overcoming political differences, and life on the run through dangerous and inhospitable terrain in Scotland. The politics of the day influence their tale and life in Scotland, where many disagree with the British king. David as a character is very well made, Breck nearly so, and their relationship, which becomes central to the story in many ways, is developed beautifully. This reader was a bit surprised that the tale never left the British Isles, but found it to be exotic, exciting, and captivating. Good adventure in great writing.
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I was really into reading this book it is very dramatic. I couldnt put it down i was really into how the kid was coming along straight to the end. It is based with the political side of how goverment was in ireland back when the british ruled it. I found it sad but intriging. I find the book to be ok
Bill Hughes More than 1 year ago
the sample is boring all it is it tells about the auther for like 30 pages and then it is only 1 page of the book.