When AJ, also known as Adventurous John, leaves his school on a break one day, he goes to see ships at the Ventura Harbor, California, near his home.There, he encounters the captain of the ship known as The Treasure Island. The captain welcomes John aboard as the first lottery winning student to be invited to learn about emotional intelligence and other life skills.Now AJ sets off John learns about creative imagination and how to get the things and experiences in his life that he wants.But this is just the first island stop on his exciting travels.Join AJ in this first book, Imagination Island, a fun and educational read for children aged 5 to 12 years. That forms part of the series and is sure to be a favorite bedtime read for all.
From Treasure Island to Robben Island, from the paradise of Thomas More's 'Utopia' to Napoleon's purgatory on Elba, islands have proved irresistible to mankind's imagination since time immemorial. Self-confessed islomaniac Barry Smith explores how islands bewitch us so, and examines the kind of human experiences that islands inspire. Journeying all around the globe to take in the most fascinating stories of Earth's half a million islands, this book considers the unique geography, politics and economics of islands and their cultures. It traces their singular place in literature, religion and philosophy, and disentangles the myths and the facts to reveal just why islands exert such an insistent grip on the human psyche. 'Fascinating and wide-ranging.' Island Review 'A fascinating survey of the interplay between those little dots of land and the human imagination... Smith is excellent on the ways in which islands have always been pawns in geopolitical games...witty.' Geographical "Magisterial... A harrowing, enthralling piece of work that bears comparison with John Prebble's equally dense, equally passionate classic, The Highland Clearances ... [A] fascinating, scrupulous, angry, scholarly book." Jim Perrin, The Great Outdoors
Romance and Truth in the Canaries an Adventure Guide and Interpretation
Attending to the mid-Victorian boys’ adventure novel and its connections with missionary culture, Michelle Elleray investigates how empire was conveyed to Victorian children in popular forms, with a focus on the South Pacific as a key location of adventure tales and missionary efforts. The volume draws on an evangelical narrative about the formation of coral islands to demonstrate that missionary investments in the socially marginal (the young, the working class, the racial other) generated new forms of agency that are legible in the mid-Victorian boys’ adventure novel, even as that agency was subordinated to Christian values identified with the British middle class. Situating novels by Frederick Marryat, R. M. Ballantyne and W. H. G. Kingston in the periodical culture of the missionary enterprise, this volume newly historicizes British children’s textual interactions with the South Pacific and its peoples. Although the mid-Victorian authors examined here portray British presence in imperial spaces as a moral imperative, our understanding of the "adventurer" is transformed from the plucky explorer to the cynical mercenary through Robert Louis Stevenson, who provides a late-nineteenth-century critique of the imperial and missionary assumptions that subtended the mid-Victorian boys’ adventure novel of his youth.
Just off the coast of the Gulf Islands National Seashore lies Cat Island, an isolated, T-shaped sliver of sand with a remarkable past. A coveted hiding place for Jean Lafitte’s pirate treasure in the late eighteenth century and illegal booze during Prohibition, Cat Island also witnessed the first shots of the Battle of New Orleans, an encampment for Seminoles during the Trail of Tears and the first lighthouses on the Mississippi coast. As a child, author John Cuevas learned that his family had owned and lived on the island for three generations beginning with his ancestor, Juan de Cuevas, referred to as “The King of Cat Island,” who received it by way of a Spanish land grant. In this engaging work, Cuevas chronicles the historic events that occurred on the island’s shores and offers a tribute to the legacy of one of the Gulf Coast’s pioneer families.
The Life and Astonishing Adventures of John Daniel a Smith at Royston in Hertfordshire for a Course of Seventy Years
A Narrative of the Life and Astonishing Adventures of John Daniel a smith at Royston in Hertfortshire for a course of seventy years Containing the melancholy occasion of his travels His shipwreck with one companion on a desolate island Their way of life His accidental discovery of a woman for his companion Their peopling the island Also a description of a most surprising engine invented by his son Jacob on which he flew to the moon with some account of its inhabitants His return His further excursions in search of England His residence in Lapland and travels to Norway from whence he arrived at Aldborough and further transactions till his death in 1711 Aged 97 Illustrated with several copper plates engraved by Mr Boitard Taken from his own mouth by Mr Ralph Morris