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Silver: Return to Treasure Island (Return to Treasure Island #1)

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A rip-roaring sequel to Treasure Island—Robert Louis Stevenson’s beloved classic—about two young friends and their high-seas adventure with dangerous pirates and long-lost treasure.

It's almost forty years after the events of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island: Jim Hawkins now runs an inn called the Hispaniola on the English coast with his son, Jim, and Long John Si
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by Crown (first published March 15th 2012)
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Luanne Ollivier
Miss Spicer was 'my' librarian when I was young. Her dark dresses, severe bun and black glasses gave her a stern air which definitely deterred anyone from running and talking loudly in the library. But, it was she who fed and fostered my love of reading. I always asked her what I should read next. To her credit, she never, ever brushed me off. One summer she decided I would read the classics - Swiss Family Robinson, Robinson Crusoe, Treasure Island and more. It was the sense of adventure, the un ...more
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3.5 out of 5

Ahoy, mateys! For a split second, I thought about posting this entire review in seafarin' hearty talk (aka pirate speak), but I quickly came to my senses. You couldn't blame me, though, if I did, because for the past few days I've been on a rollicking adventure across (one) of the Seven Seas in search of booty...err...treasure. Translation: I've been reading Silver: Return to Treasure Islandby Andrew Motion.

A sequel of sorts, Silvertakes place some 40 years after
**edited 11/28/13

Silver is a cute and very close-to-canon continuation of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island. If you check it out on audio, it is narrated by none other than David Tennant, alias The Tenth Doctor from the TV programme Doctor Who.

According to the story, Jim Hawkins of Treasure Island fame got his treasure, bought an inn, and settled down to what turned out to be very short-lived wedded bliss. His son, also Jim, who I will refer to as Jim#2 (although as far as I recall he's
Martin Belcher
The original Treasure Island is one of my favourite books and one which I read a couple of times when I was a little boy and has stayed with me all my life (I think it's why I love Pirates of the Carribbean so much!). I was very excited when I heard that Andrew Motion was writing a sequel to Treasure Island! I had to go out and buy a copy as soon as it was released.
I haven't been disappointed with "Silver - The Return to Treasure Island" it's set quite a few years on from the original and begins
Tom Vater
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This was a very interesting sequel to "Treasure Island" - not unique in that - I have seen one which follows LJS's retirement on Madagascar. Having left some pirates and silver on the island it makes sense that somebody would return for the treasure but daft not to have prepared to fight for it by remembering to bring some decent weapons and a few Marines rather than the author of the original tale. Jim Hawkins' son and Old Barbecue's daughter make an unlikely pairing, especially as Natty is dis ...more
Shona Mackintosh
I was a little disappointed with this book to be honest. It's not that it wasn't beautifully written, it's just that it was a lot less exciting than I remember Treasure Island being. I suspect if I'd read more of Andrew Motion's work, I might have a different opinion, but coming to the book as a fan of Treasure Island, the characters just felt a bit weak to me.
I kept waiting for the darker side to kick in, for betrayal and plotting, for the characters to grow up or change, but it was all in a r
William Stanger
I wasn't really sure what to expect from this book, but was excited to read it all the same. The story begins in 1802, 40 years after the events depicted in Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, and concerns a return to the island to attempt to locate the treasure that had been left behind. The main characters are the young offspring of Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver, Jim Hawkins (jr) and Natty Silver. There are many references along the way to characters and events from the original story ...more
D.L. Morrese
A sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island? Really? When I saw this on the shelf at my local library, I thought it takes a pretty competent and gutsy writer to try that. Well, why not? I picked it up, took it home, and read it over the course of the last few evenings. This is what I thought about it.
I won’t try to compare this novel to Treasure Island. It’s been years since I’ve read Stevenson’s classic adventure tale of pirates and buried treasure. This is perhaps just as well since t
Fun light read, captures tone of Stevenson's Treasure Island. Having one of the main characters be female, even though disguised, doesn't seem like something Stevenson would do, but it does allow for the love interest and appeals to today's readership. It's certainly something I would have dearly liked to read back in Gr. 7--all those swashbuckling adventures never had female main characters, and the historical fiction I liked always had titles like "He [never She] Went With Marco Polo (or Vasco ...more
So. There are those who will accuse me of only reading this because the audiobook is read by David Tennant, and I could listen to that man read to me for YEARS. This is true. But more true is the fact that THERE ARE PIRATES! And man, do I love pirates.

This is a really good story, and the language is similar to the original Treasure Island, which is awesome. I'm giving it 3 stars for two reasons: One, it's a bit heavy on morality, which, while it suits the language of the book, is still kind of a
A sequel to Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, Silver is an account of a voyage by Jim Hawkins' son and Long John Silver's daughter to the island where their fathers abandoned part of Captain Kidd's treasure, and marooned a handful of bloodthirsty pirates.

It's a respectful sequel with plenty of salt in the narrative and a plot full of twists and turns. However, there's a significant difference in tone between Motion's narrative and the original. His protagonists are more morally aware tha
I listened to the first half of this story on audio, narrated by none other than David Tennant, and was obliged by circumstance to finish reading it in hard copy. It was an interesting experience—either way, Andrew Motion is a skilled and delightful writer. Time and time again, I was blown away. However, I have difficulty accepting the ending, and I (perhaps childishly) wish that David Tennant's voice could have delivered the final pages of this story to me.

But aside from that, the plot is noth
I should know better. Really, I should never expect any sequel (especially written hundreds of years later by a separate author) to be very good. I'm busy scratching my head this morning over how to God this book ended up on my to-reads.

Anyhow, there are lots and lots of problems with this book, but I shall only highlight a few of them. The most egregious was the 40 years span between ending of TI and beginning of Silver. I do not understand why this was necessary. From the start, I was horrifie
Inzwischen ist Jim Hawkins dem Kindesalter entwachsen. Sein Vater, der damals das Abenteuer auf der Schatzinsel erlebte, lebt nach dem Tod von Jims Mutter so vor sich hin. Jim kann sich nicht vorstellen, dass er einmal unter der Fuchtel seines Vaters die Schenke weiterführen soll. Ihm kommt es daher sehr gelegen als Natty, die etwa in seinem Alter ist, im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes bei ihm vorbei schippert und ihn quasi entführt. John Silvers Tochter nimmt John mit nach London, s
Jan 24, 2014 Alison added it
Well, this was a rollicking good read. A continuation of Treasure Island, in which the children of Long John Silver and Jim Hawkins return to Treasure Island to collect the treasure. The first part setting out all the necessary background plot seemed rather remote and slow, and I couldn't wait for them to set sail, but once they did the pace picked up. There were some beautiful descriptions of the sea and sea life. What a pity they had to land. The story on land was all very gripping as the adve ...more
Feb 13, 2014 Julia rated it 2 of 5 stars
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Wie aus meinen Updates zu lesen ist, hatte ich leider ziemliche Probleme mit dem Buch. Letztes Jahr habe ich "Die Schatzinsel" gelesen und war nicht sonderlich begeistert. Diese Buch basiert auf dem Klassiker von Stevenson und ist im Prinzip sehr ähnlich aufgebaut. Zu Beginn fand ich die zweite Geschichte besser als das Original, aber nach einiger Zeit erging es mir wie zuvor: Meine Gedanken schweiften ständig ab und ich begann mich zu langweilen. So wird auch dieses Buch leider schnell vergesse ...more
A very nicely done sequel to "Treasure Island", one of my all-time favorite books, written in the style of the original's author Robert Louis Stevenson. I particularly like how there were so many lines used in this book that were pretty much direct quotes from "Treasure Island" as well as many scenes and characters that brought me back to chapters in that book.
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Jessica Harmon
This book had a lot of potential. The characters of Treasure Island have so much potential. Everyone loves a pirate story. Swashbuckling. Learning new (sometimes illegal) skills. Treasure. Sword fights. Maybe even some romance. This book tried. Really. It had exciting characters. It had girls posing as boys. It had marooned pirates and escaped slaves. It even had treasure. But it never really took off. It seemed like Motion was more concerned about neat turns of phrase and description than getti ...more
Yay I finally finished this! Not even David Tennant as narrator can save this bland story, but because of him I can't bear to give it just the one star it really deserves.
the original treasure island by Robert Louis Stevenson was a book that I read only recently despite owning a battered copy as a child...I couldn't understand when I digested that novel as an adult why I hadn't read it before it being a compelling quick read with stellar characterisation...non more so than the depiction of John silver a complex anti hero who gave the book something extra..a tough book for anyone to attempt a sequel too then..and I think this book acts as proof to that statement.
Debs Taylor
I was disappointed with this. I think Motion showed too much reverence for the original. There was little in the way of poetry until towards the end. In fact, generally I thought the last chapters were the best of the whole book. It took ages to get started as a story and I was never really sure of the characters's motivation or relationship and it irked me that there was an assumption the reader would get it easily. There was a line that. Natty said to Jim "if you don't get that, you don't get ...more
In Silver: Return to Treasure Island, the offspring of Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver take to the seas to return to Treasure Island. It's been forty years since the events of Treasure Island and Jim and Natty want to retrieve the treasure that was left behind on the island. The whole trip is more than they bargained for and getting to the island and finding the treasure is only part of the battle. They still have to return home.

This was such an interesting concept that I was really looking fo
Shelly Hammond
This book was tagged as the follow up to the classic Treasure Island. It had promise and it did deliver in taking you back to the beloved island, eventually. However, it was a bit on the tedious side and sort of... well, not all that Treasure Island like.

The author writes very well. I greatly enjoyed the style of writing within this book. Many of the characters were likeable as well. Most of the pirate types that took the voyage back to the island were really cool guys and fun to get to know. Al
Wendy Hines
I loved the book and the movie of Treasure Island when I was growing up. Stevenson has big shoes to fill for a sequel, but I'm delighted to say that Motion does it splendidly.

Silver may be incapable now of sailing on the high seas, fighting pirates or seeking treasure, but that doesn't mean he still doesn't want. He knows that there is still treasure on Treasure Island and the only way he knows how to get it is to send his daughter Natty and young Jim. Silver will outfit the whole thing, but he
Okay, I've never read Treasure Island. There I said it. However my son did go through a pirate phase, and I've watched many film versions of it from Muppet Treasure Island to the Treasure Island filmed in 1950. I felt fairly comfortable with the story line of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson that I would be able to read Silver: Return to Treasure Island by Andrew Motion with no problems. Before I get started though I should warn you that I won't be comparing Motion to Stevenson since I ...more
Zohar -
Sil­ver: Return to Trea­sure Island by Andrew Motion is the novel which con­tin­ues the adven­tures of the son of Jim Hawkins, pro­tag­o­nist of Robert Louis Stevenson’s Trea­sure Island. Stevenson’s book was orig­i­nally pub­lished in 1883 and is con­sid­ered a clas­sic which has influ­enced many authors, read­ers and adven­ture seek­ers alike.

Jim Hawkins the son grew up in “an atmos­phere stained by melan­choly” after his mother’s death. His father used his pro­ceeds from the trea­sure he foun
Christa  Seeley
Originally reviewed at Hooked on Books

Treasure Island was one of my all time favourite books growing up. I had an old copy with a dark green cover and yellowed pages. I read it so many times the pages actually detached themselves from the spine. The true mark of a well read and well loved book. Needless to say this love of the original made me jump at the chance to read this book and see how it held up against the traditional story.

For the most part I'm happy to say Silver: Return to Treasure Is
Eileen Granfors
Andrew Motion is a poet and scholar in England. Yet his sequel to Stevenson's much-loved "Treasure Island" is an adventure written in a fetching way. Taking on any part of a well-known classic is dangerous. People can hold their treasure dear to themselves and find fault with what they consider to be an imposter.

I found "Silver" highly readable, more so than the original. Blasphemy! I hear Long John Silver shout at me. But Motion writes with lyricism and detail. His protagonists are the son of t
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Sir Andrew Motion, FRSL (born 26 October 1952) is an English poet, novelist and biographer, who presided as Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009.

Motion was appointed Poet Laureate on 1 May 1999, following the death of Ted Hughes, the previous incumbent. The Nobel Prize-winning Northern Irish poet and translator Seamus Heaney had ruled himself out for the post. Breaking with the tr
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