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Robert Louis Stevenson ; illustrated by N.C. Wyeth ; [abridgement by Timothy Meis].
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New York : Atheneum Books for Young Readers, c2004.
53 p. : col. ill.; 30 cm.


A sixteen-year-old orphan is kidnapped by his villainous uncle, but later escapes and becomes involved in the struggle of the Scottish highlanders against English rule.
All ages.

Reading Measurement Programs:

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 5.6
Accelerated Reader Points 2


Zeta Shearill (Children's Literature)
David Balfour is left alone in the world after his father dies and he must close the door to the home he has known his entire life. Left with few options, he travels to find what remains of his family in Cramond, Scotland, where he discovers that he is the heir to a fortune and a house. Once he arrives in Cramond, he discovers that his family estate is occupied by his fatherís brother, a sour and bitter man who is terrified that David is there to take away his money. David soon discovers that his uncle does not have his best intentions in mind when he finds himself kidnapped and given to a ship captain to be sold as a slave in the Carolinas. As David struggles to survive as a cabin boy on the ship, he befriends a passenger, with whom he manages to escape when the ship crashes in a storm. Readers will follow along in awe as David is thrown from his quiet country life into adventure and danger. The original oil paintings by N. C. Wyeth capture Stevensonís classic and timeless tale and give the reader a realistic picture of Davidís coming of age. 2004, Scribner/Simon & Schuster, $18.95. Ages 5 to 15.

Sarah Meitzler (Kutztown University Book Review, Fall 2005)
This book is an abridged version done by Timothy Meis and is a Scribner Storybook Classic. David Balfour goes to Cramond, Scotland to find his uncle, Ebenezer. Ebenezer pays a ship captain to kidnap David so that he can be sold as a slave and can not claim his inheritance. David befriends Jacobite Alan Breck. They travel through the highlands escaping death on more than one occasion. Alan helps David claim his inheritance. The illustrations are done in oil paints by N.C. Wyeth. The book is divided into eleven chapters. I usually donít approve of abridged versions, but I would hope this version would intrigue younger readers to want to read the whole book when they get a little older. Category: . 2004, Atheneum Books for Young Readers, $18.95. Ages 8 to 13.


A Scribner storybook classic


Adventure and adventurers Fiction.
Scotland--History--18th century Juvenile fiction.
Scotland--History--18th century Fiction.
LanguageCall NumberLCCNDewey DecimalISBN/ISSN
English (eng) PZ7.S8482 Ki 2004
2003016812 [Fic]
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