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Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

This book, Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson, is a young adult fictional adventure story.

Everything About Treasure Island

Below, we give a brief overview of the book and links to where you can read it (some are FREE). We’ve also included our findings online for activities, quizzes and worksheets related to the book. All of the work has been done for you, and it’s all here! *Occasionally, we will update the resources for this book; so, check back in, or sign up for the MiniMize Newsletter.

The Pictures from Treasure Island

Before we begin, I would like to point out the pictures in this article.

Treasure Island book cover.

All were taken from the Project Gutenberg version of Treasure Island, found here.

*This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.  You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org.

The table of contents for this edition of Treasure Island was presumably made by the publisherNew York: Harper & Brothers.

The eighty-two illustrations, including the cover, are by Louis Rhead.

I’d like to thank the New York Public Library for making this book and its illustrations available online to the public.

To see all of the pictures found for this book, go here.


There are two subjects covered by Treasure Island.

These subjects are Literature and Social Studies.

Many sources describe Treasure Island as a “coming-of-age” story.

Reading Level of Treasure Island

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson, is appropriate for Middle Grade and Young Adult readers.

This means that it can be read from approximately 7th grade into adulthood; or at around 12 years of age.

However, be aware that the content includes dark themes, vivid imagery, alcohol, and tobacco; as is expected in a pirate story. Discuss this with your students.

Placement In the MiniMize Book List

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson, is book number 207 in the MiniMize Homeschool book list.

This places it in the High School Level.

The book is the 5th book to be read during Year 9 of school.

Book Content

The adventure follows Jim Hawkins, a young man on an adventure to find buried treasure.

Dogged by his antagonist, Long John Silver, Jim, and his companions must find the treasure and survive the long voyage.

More About Treasure Island

If you want information about the book, but don’t have time to read it yourself, here are a few sources.

You can find lots of information about this book on Wikipedia.

There’s a Britannica article on the book that’s fairly informative, too.

And you can also read a summary of Treasure Island, here, on the Robert Louis Stevenson website.

Chapters – Treasure Island

This book contains Six Parts and 34 Chapters. The chapter titles, taken from the Gutenberg book (below), are as follows:

PART ONE—The Old Buccaneer

Treasure Island illustration, "The next instant I saw Black Dog in Full Flight."

1. The Old Sea-dog at the “Admiral Benbow”

2. Black Dog Appears and Disappears

3. The Black Spot

4. The Sea-chest

5. The Last of the Blind Man

6. The Captain’s Papers

PART TWO—The Sea-cook 

7. I Go to Bristol

8. At the Sign of the Spy-glass

9. Powder and Arms

10. The Voyage

11. What I Heard in the Apple Barrel

12. Council of War

PART THREE—My Shore Adventure

13. How My Shore Adventure Began

14. The First Blow

15. The Man of the Island

PART FOUR—The Stockade

Treasure Island colored illustration, "Just before him Tom lay motionless upon the sward."

16. Narrative Continued by the Doctor: How the Ship Was Abandoned

17. Narrative Continued by the Doctor: The Jolly-boat’s Last Trip

18. Narrative Continued by the Doctor: End of the First Day’s Fighting

19. Narrative Resumed by Jim Hawkins: The Garrison in the Stockade

20. Silver’s Embassy

21. The Attack

PART FIVE—My Sea Adventure

22. How My Sea Adventure Began

23. The Ebb-tide Runs

24. The Cruise of the Coracle

25. I Strike the Jolly Roger

26. Israel Hands

27. “Pieces of Eight”

PART SIX—Captain Silver

28. In the Enemy’s Camp

29. The Black Spot Again

30. On Parole

31. The Treasure-hunt—Flint’s Pointer

32. The Treasure-hunt—The Voice Among the Trees

33. The Fall of a Chieftain

34. And Last

Activities for Treasure Island

We found lots of worksheets and activities to use with this book.

There’s definitely more than you could ever need.

Below, you will find some of the quizzes, activities, and movies we came across.

Treasure Island Quizzes

Try these Discussion Questions from LitLovers.

CliffsNotes has a Treasure Island Quiz.

You can also find a Quiz at Sparknotes.

Try the eNotes Quiz for Treasure Island.

Go to GoodReads and find another Quiz.

ProProfs has a Treasure Island Quiz, as well.

And, of course, you can use the Study Guide and Quiz at Study.com.

Treasure Island Activities

Here are a few good resources for some fun activities your student can do while reading Treasure Island.

A 5 part series of activities for Treasure Island by Bright Hub Education.

Easy Fun School had lots of very helpful activities and information called Treasure Island: A Literature Unit Study – Intro. Just click on the Part your student is currently reading for ideas.

BBC Radio School has offered a PDF full of activities to accompany their video series. It’s really neat.

Movies and a Random Documentary

If you’d like to watch a movie based on the book when you’re done reading, there’s a couple of choices available.

This is an animated Treasure Island – Full Movie (1973) uploaded on YouTube by isaak brewton.

You can also watch the Treasure Island 1934 (Original Movie Classic) uploaded by NS3644.

For more general information try History of Buried Treasure – Full Documentary, from History’s Mysteries, uploaded to YouTube by Wise Wanderer.

A MiniMize Worksheet

The MiniMize Life is also creating a fill in the blank worksheet for Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson.

This worksheet will contain 4 pages with 34 days of activities and a total of 34 questions in all.

An Answer Key is also attached at the end of the worksheet.

How the Worksheet Works

This worksheet will guide a student through reading the book and prompt them to complete a simple activity.

The student will begin each day by reading the day’s first question and the corresponding chapter.

Next, they will find the sentence in the chapter and fill in the missing words.

Student Instructions

Instructions on the MiniMize Worksheet for Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson, state the following.

Number 1, below, is a sentence from Chapter 1, number 2 from Chapter 2, etc. Read the entire chapter, then find the sentence, below, in the Chapter. In the blanks, write the missing words.

Where Can I Get the MiniMize Worksheet?

The MiniMize Worksheet described above is currently in production.

The Worksheet has been developed and is awaiting editing and copyright processes.

When these have been completed, The MiniMize Life will release the worksheet and make it available here.

Be in the Know

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Read Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson

If you just can’t wait to read Treasure Island, The MiniMize Life has found it in multiple formats for you!

Below, you will find links to e-books, audiobooks, and other formats for free and for purchase.

Free E-Books

We all LOVE free stuff!

Below, are the MiniMize recommended e-books for Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson. While free is not always better, we want to make sure that you can homeschool regardless of your financial situation.

Each section explains a little about the version and gives you a link to the FREE BOOK.


You must know, Gutenberg.org is all about free, open-source, and public domain.

This version of Treasure Island works perfectly for many eReaders and devices.

The FREE e-book from gutenberg.org can be found here.

A word of caution: the audio readings offered by Gutenberg sound a bit robotic. This is by design to allow anyone with any operating system to read this book.

*This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.  You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org.

Internet Archive

The most beautiful collection of e-Books, Internet Archive, specializes in scanned versions of actual books.

Keep an eye out for missing pages, though. While we did our best to avoid this issue, sometimes it’s unavoidable with these old books.

You can read a FREE scanned copy of Treasure Island at Internet Archive, here.

Google Books

If you like to keep your books in a Google Play account, then Google Books is for you.

You can find the FREE e-book on Google Books, here.

Audio Books

Want an audio version of the book?

They’re especially helpful on long car rides!

Check out the following sources.


If you prefer to listen to books, LibriVox offers a FREE version of Treasure Island.

Get it, here.

Be aware, however, that LibriVox relies on volunteers to record their audiobooks.

The recordings are not usually narrated by professionals, and many books have more than one narrator.

They are real voices, though; so that’s a plus!


Go to YouTube to find another great FREE resource for Treasure Island.

This is not an actual “video,” and only shows a still depiction of the book.

It is, however, a useful way to hear the audio of the LibriVox recording, above.

The FREE audio/video version from LibriVox Audiobooks is available, below.

Audible, by Amazon

For those who like the Amazon Audible books, you can also get Treasure Island.

While Audible books are not usually free, they are affordable and are typically of better quality.

Get the Audible version of the book, right here.

Bound and Kindle Books

Sometimes, you just want to touch and smell a real book, right?

That’s what Amazon’s for!

If printing and binding the book yourself from one of the choices above doesn’t sound appealing, here’s the alternative.

If you prefer to buy Treasure Island already bound and printed, you can purchase a copy on Amazon, here.


Kindle is always better when it comes to eBooks. I just point, click, and read. Plus, they store all of my Kindle purchases in my very own Kindle Library.

If you’re like me, and you want it on Kindle, try this one!

Treasure Island, by Robert Louis Stevenson 

That’s everything so far.

Remember, though, we will be updating this information from time to time.

Check back in, and let us know how we’re doing!

Is there anything you think might be helpful to anyone or their homeschool in relation to Treasure Island? Let us know in the comments below!

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