The Coral Island (Paperback)

The Coral Island By R. M. Ballantyne, John Boyne (Foreword by) Cover Image
By R. M. Ballantyne, John Boyne (Foreword by)
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Adventure and peril abound in a classic tale of shipwreck and survival

Ralph, Jack, and Peterkin find themselves the sole survivors of a shipwreck on a deserted coral island in the South Pacific. Although fate has led them to temporary safety, the three marooned boys are forced to carve out a life for themselves from what nature provides. They rapidly learn which fruit to eat, which animals to hunt, and which lagoons are best for bathing. Resourceful as they are, their desert island idyll is often disturbed and they face numerous terrifying threats—pirates, sharks, cannibalism, and local tribes among them. Amid all the chaos, the trio still face the riddle of how to engineer their rescue from their tropical exile. Following in Robinson Crusoe's footsteps, and yet with added adventure, Ballantyne's writing is a classic adored by previous generations of children and deserves to be discovered all over again by a modern audience.

About the Author

R. M. Ballantyne (1825–1894) was a Scottish young adult fiction writer. He wrote more than 80 books including The Pirate City. John Boyne is the author of many books, including The Boy in the Striped Pajamas.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781843914815
ISBN-10: 1843914816
Publisher: Hesperus Minor
Publication Date: January 1st, 2014
Pages: 368
Language: English