Treasure Island: Runaway Gold

Written by Jewell Parker Rhodes

Zane is a great character and the idea of this book is really interesting. The history of slavery in New York is not something that we, as Americans, talk a lot about and this book opened my eyes. The Underground Railroad history is fascinating and the comparison between sailing and skateboarding was a lot of fun. For some reason, I had a hard time finishing it. The story seems to stop and start with pauses of conversation which I think made it hard to want to keep reading. I also struggled believing the relationships between Zane, Jack, and Kiko. Once I finished it, I was glad I did. It makes me want to understand more of what happened with slavery in New York.

Reviewed by Merri Rygg, Librarian, Harry S Truman Elementary
Review shared in January 2024
Rating: ★★★½✩ (3.5 stars)
Interest Level: Grades 4-8

Treasure Island: Runaway Gold
Written by Jewell Parker Rhodes
Quill Tree Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers
322 pages
Release Date: October 3, 2023
ISBN: 9780062998354
A review copy was provided by the publisher.

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