Travel and Adventure

Some of the world’s greatest classics are stories of courage and resourcefulness in the face of physical hardship. Real Reads launches this exciting new series with two of the key works in the genre: Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, his powerful study of isolation and inventiveness based on a true story, and Herman Melville's great whaling epic of daring adventure and manic obsession, Moby Dick.

Robinson Crusoe

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Daniel Defoe

Retold by Margaret Elphinstone

Illustrated by Katy Elphinstone

ISBN 978-1-906230-71-5

£4.99

Running away to sea brings adventure and wealth, but then come shipwreck and a desperate struggle for survival.

Defying his parents, Robinson Crusoe goes to sea. He is captured by pirates but escapes to Brazil. He makes a fortune using slave labour to grow tobacco and sugar. He sails to Africa to bring back more slaves but is shipwrecked on an uninhabited island.

Everyone else is drowned. For over twenty years he lives alone. He learns to hunt and fish and make shelter. Then the cannibals arrive. Will this be the end of his adventure - or the chance to escape?

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Moby Dick

Moby Dick cover

Herman Melville

Retold by Margaret Elphinstone

Illustrated by Katy Elphinstone

ISBN 978-1-906230-72-2

£4.99

‘Breach your last to the sun, Moby Dick!’ cried Ahab. ‘Thy hour and thy harpoon are at hand!’

Why does Captain Ahab look like a man who’s being crucified? How did he come by that hideous scar and the false leg made of a whale’s bone? And why is he obsessed by Moby Dick, the great white whale?

Ishmael, the new recruit, has other strange shipmates. There’s Queequeg for instance, covered in weird tattoos and selling shrunken human heads. And what of the shadowy figures creeping on board the whaling ship Pequod?

Ahab leads them all in reckless pursuit of Moby Dick. Will he succeed in killing the whale, or will Moby Dick lure Ahab and his crew to destruction?

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Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver

Jonathan Swift

Retold by Tony Evans

Illustrated by Katy Elphinstone

ISBN 978-1-906230-85-2

£4.99

An amazing sight met my eyes. All around me were dozens of human creatures a little less than six inches high, chattering together in high-pitched voices in a strange language.

When Lemuel Gulliver is shipwrecked in the Indian Ocean, it’s the start of a series of adventures stranger than he could possibly have imagined. After the tiny inhabitants of Lilliput become suspicious of Gulliver, they plan to kill their huge visitor. What deadly scheme do they come up with? Gulliver makes a friend in the land of the giants - Glumdalclitch, a nine year old girl. Can she protect him from the frightening creatures in Brobdingnag? Once he has said goodbye to the peculiar scientists in their flying island, Gulliver discovers the fierce and brutal Yahoos. Will he ever return home safely to his wife and family in England?

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Kidnapped

Kidnapped cover

Robert Louis Stevenson

Retold by Tony Evans

Illustrated by Sarah Wimperis

ISBN 978-1-911091-08-0

£4.99

A bright flash of lightning lit up the darkness and showed me the horrible truth – the stairs came to a sudden stop, and if I had taken one more step I would have plunged to my death upon the flagstones far below.

When young David Balfour visits his uncle Ebenezer, he hopes for some good news about his inheritance. Instead he is kidnapped. Why do his enemies want to get rid of him?

After David makes friends with a Scottish soldier, Alan Breck Stewart, he discovers that Alan has rebelled against the King of England. David is a loyal subject of King George – so should he help his friend when he discovers that Alan’s life is in deadly danger?

David soon finds that he is a wanted man, hunted by the English redcoats. Can he escape from the wild and hazardous Highlands of Scotland before he is captured?

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Treasure Island

Treasure Island cover

Robert Louis Stevenson

Retold by Tony Evans

Illustrated by Sarah Wimperis

ISBN 978-1-911091-09-7

£4.99

Dr Livesey opened up the folded paper. As he spread it out on the table in front of him, I gasped. Even a brief glimpse was enough to tell me it was a map of a small island – and a red cross had been drawn upon it, together with the words ‘The treasure lies here’.

After the discovery of the map young Jim Hawkins joins an expedition to the island with Dr Livesey and the squire. But who else knows the secret of the buried treasure?

Soon Jim and his companions find that they are in a desperate fight for survival with Captain Flint’s old shipmates, who are determined to kill everyone who stands between them and the hidden gold. Who is the peculiar man who lives on the island? Whose side is he on?

When Jim is separated from his friends, can he think of a way to outwit the pirates before they capture him?

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