Treasure Island: Runaway Gold

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

On Sale: 10/03/2023

Treasure Island: Runaway Gold

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Treasure Island: Runaway Gold

by Jewell Parker Rhodes

On Sale: 10/03/2023


Booklist Editor’s Choice: Books for Youth

Kirkus Reviews Best Books

About the Book

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 children 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 has written a version of Treasure Island like none you’ve never seen—one that takes the reader through little-known Black history, and under the city of Manhattan itself. 

Critical Praise

"Whether or not readers are familiar with Robert Louis Stevenson’s original, they’ll be drawn into this accessible, action-packed adventure, full of mysteries, pirates, skateboard drama, and a whole new underground world. The artful, verse-like sentence structures intentionally and effectively evoke the “resonance and rhythm of the African American oral tradition. Daringly honors old heroes, stunningly integrating past and present with pitch-perfect success." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"In this contemporary spin on Robert Louis Stevenson’s Treasure Island, Rhodes employs lush descriptive language and engaging dialogue teeming with historical facts, and crafts a sincere protagonist whose compassion for others radiates from the pages of this high-octane romp." — Publishers Weekly


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062998354
  • ISBN 10: 0062998358
  • Imprint: Quill Tree Books
  • On Sale: 10/03/2023
  • Pages: 336
  • List Price:24.99 CAD
  • BISAC1 : JUVENILE FICTION / Action & Adventure / Pirates
  • BISAC2 : JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Friendship
  • BISAC3 : JUVENILE FICTION / Sports & Recreation / Skateboarding
  • BISAC4 : JUVENILE FICTION / Lifestyles / City & Town Life

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