- Spirited, romantic adventure classic. Orphaned and left penniless, David Balfour sets out to find his last living relative, miserly and reclusive Uncle Ebenezer. But Ebenezer is far from welcoming, and David narrowly escapes being murdered before he is kidnapped and imprisoned on a ship bound for the Carolinas. When the ship is wrecked, David, along with fiery rebel Alan Breck, makes his way back across the treacherous Highland terrain on a quest to see that justice is done.
Through his powerful depiction of the contrasting personalities of his two central characters - the romantic Breck and the rationalist Whig David - Stevenson dramatized a conflict that was at the heart of the Scottish culture in the aftermath of the Jacobite rebellion, as well as creating an unforgettable adventure story.
This is the Dover Juvenile edition that is recommended for grade 5. Black and white. 2000 copyright. 5.25 x 8.25 inches. Soft cover. 230 pp.