Treasure Island: Runaway Gold
Author: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Bestselling and award-winning author Jewell Parker Rhodes reimagines the classic novel Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson in this thrilling adventure set in modern-day Manhattan, in which three kids must navigate the city’s hidden history, dodge a threatening crew of skater kids, and decide who they can really trust in order to hunt down a long-buried treasure.
Three kids. One dog. And the island of Manhattan, laid out in an old treasure map…
Zane is itching for an adventure that will take him away from his family’s boarding house in Rockaway, Queens. So when he is entrusted with a real treasure map, leading to a spot somewhere in Manhattan, Zane wastes no time in riding the ferry over to the city to start the search with his friends Kiko and Jack and his dog, Hip-Hop.
Through strange coincidence, they meet a man who is eager to help them find the treasure: John, a sailor who knows all about the buried history of Black New Yorkers of centuries past—and the gold that is hidden somewhere in those stories.
As a vicious rival skateboard crew follows them around the city, Zane and his friends begin to wonder who they can really trust. And soon it becomes clear that treasure hunting is a dangerous business…
Jewell Parker Rhodes, a distinguished author and professor, is known for her books for young people that make Black history come alive. This updated Treasure Island is well researched, smart, and fast paced. Children will enjoy reading the book, and, at the same time, they will learn about the history of the Black residents of Manhattan—free and enslaved alike. An important book by an acclaimed author!