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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Publisher: Puffin Classics; Reissue edition (6 Aug. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141326026
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141326023
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 853,048 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These inaugurate a new series of uniform classics, simplified so that little more than their bare essentials remain. Where there may be an excuse for a revision for young moderns of, say, the stilted quality of Defoe's Crusoe or a shortening of Kidnapped's lengthy descriptions - these are matters of individual taste. But it does seem that readers should be willing to take what the authors wrote originally. That case is strengthened by the bone-dryness of these revisions, all of which have been cut so extensively that little atmosphere remains, and the purpose-to introduce young readers to the classics-defeats itself. Attractive size and format and plentiful supplies of colored pictures make up for textual imperfections. Plastic covers. --Kirkus Reviews --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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A gripping tale of skulduggery and revenge --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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I heard a lecture on Kidnapped recently and the speaker made the story of young orphan David Balfour, kidnapped and sent to sea after trying to claim his rightful inheritance from his wicked uncle, sound so thrilling and relevant to today's world that I reread it after a gap of 40 years and was not disappointed. I grew up believing it to be a "boys' book" but it's essentially a Scottish book dealing with the realities of growing up as the main character David Balfour takes us on a tour of Scotland in his quest for justice. The folk/fairytale aspect enhances the story and it becomes reminiscent of "Pilgrim's Progress" with all the characters David meets. The story also inspires the reader's interest in Scottish history and politics forcing us to think about the Jacobites and the significance of the Campbell's. The themes are relevant to teenage (male and female) readers - rites of passage; family and friends; loyalty with violent action - but equally relatable by adults. If, like me, you read it ages ago, I urge you to reread it as it will feel like meeting an old friend.If you are new to the novel, you'll enjoy the journey and you'll get to know Scotland a wee bit more too!
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The troubled Stevenson, creator of Jekyll and Hyde and 'Treasure Island', turned to his love of Scottish history for 'Kidnapped', the tale of Davie Balfour, a lowland Whig sold into slavery by a miscreant uncle and then, after a shipwreck, a companion of Jacobite highlander Alen Breck in a desperate escape through the mountains of Scotland with English troops in pursuit. An essentially simple tale told with wit and style, and a highly accessible classic.
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This is the second time that I have read this book,the first time I was a 14 year old boy and though that it was a fantastic book, a real page turner.Recently (fast forward 43 years) I was listening to a radio Scotland outdoors programme and the presenter was following the Robert Louis Stevenson trail, which is the route that David Balfour and Alan Break Stewart (Hero's) took to avoid the Redcoats (Baddies) I realized that I had been in most of the places that were on their route, the beauty is that the landscape has not really changed in 200 years still jaw droppingly stunning, and that was the main reason that I picked up this book, and again I have not been disappointed.
Tere is a statue of both the main characters in the book just off the Corstophine Road in Edinburgh worth seeing.
This is a terrific novel a classic and should be mandatory in schools.
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It's been years since I first read this book (in Dutch at the time, I guess I must have been 13 or 14) but I still held fond memories about David Balfour's adventures in the Scottish highlands, so when I saw it published as one of Penguin's Popular Classics I bought it immediately, anxious to find out if it would prove as captivating after all these years and in English. I needn't have worried! From the very first sentence I was once again drawn into the story of David Balfour, his miserly uncle Ebenezer, and the highland 'gentleman' Alan Breck. Reading this late into the night, I felt 13 again, and as ready as then to sympathize with 'Davie' and always eager to find out what happened next (and having finished it plunged straight into 'Treasure Island' for good measure). It proved - as well it might - even better in English with the delightful Scottish words and phrases Stevenson uses in the dialogues.

One of the first but surely still one of the very best adventures stories, splendid entertainment whatever your age. I'll say nae maer!
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Reading this I was struck by how much history is included. The book gives a very vivid picture of life in the Highlands after the defeat of the Scots at Culloden; its almost as if the story was a pretext for a history lesson. The action proceeds at quite a leisurely pace. After David is kidnapped, he spends quite a while on the boat, then on an island, and it is almost half way through the book before his travels through Scotland with Alan Breck begin. The style is good however and the narrative keeps its grip. The worst feature of the book is its ending which famously is very abrupt and inconclusive.
I read it as an adult, never having got round to it as a boy. I enjoyed it well enough, but I am not sure if I would have liked it so much as a boy because of the leisurely pace and the amount of historical detail. Treasure Island is more suited to younger readers.
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In Stevenson's third novel, David Balfour, a sixteen year old orphaned boy, travels to meet his uncle in Queensferry. His welcome is not what he expected though, and after narrowly avoiding being murdered he is kidnapped aboard a ship bound for Carolina, and his adventures begin.
Set against the aftermath of the Jacobite Rebelion, this novel does give an interesting insight into Highland life at the time, however it also provides a test of both the reader's geography (to keep up with David's travels) and history. Armed with this knowledge the book is no doubt an excellent portrait of the times, however without it you can still enjoy a good tale of adventure and misfortune, and it is still a book to be enjoyed.
A tip though: try to avoid reading the chapter names in the Contents, it ruines the story somewhat!
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