‘He was singing:
Fifteen men on a dead man’s chest, yo ho ho… ’
Jim Hawkins, a brave young boy, first hears the strange song from an old pirate, Billy Bones, in his family’s inn. Then other pirates from evil Captain Flint’s ship arrive. They’re looking for a treasure map. After Billy Bones suddenly and mysteriously dies, Jim finds the map. He sets sail on an adventure to an island with friends, and enemies. As soon as they reach the island, he knows the pirates will attack. Who will survive? And will they find any treasure?
The Garnet Oracle Readers are carefully graded, lexically and structurally, to encourage students to read for pleasure and at speed. The stories are all retold by an ELT author well known for his ability to craft engaging narratives to entertain and educate.
Peter Viney started teaching English in 1971, after a research MA in English and American Studies. He is the co-author of many popular textbook series in both British English and American English, including Streamline English, New American Streamline, Grapevine, Main Street, Survival English, Basic Survival, Handshake and IN English. He is the co-author with his wife, Karen Viney, of thirteen video courses, including the English Channel series, the Grapevine Video series, Mystery Tour, Only in America, A Weekend Away and A Week By The Sea, as well as the ELT adaptations of Wallace and Gromit in A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers and A Close Shave. He is also the author of self-study video-led materials.
Peter was series editor of the Storylines series of graded readers, as well as the author of the Departures in Reading and Connections in Reading supplementary series for developing basic reading skills. He has written many graded readers for the Storylines series, as well as Striker! in the Penguin Readers series, and he has maintained a major interest in extensive reading. Peter co-wrote Learn English Handwriting and Basic English Reading Programme in the 1980s, designed to teach initial writing and reading to students from non-Roman alphabet cultures. Peter revisited this area with Fast Track to Reading (Garnet Education 2009).
He has lectured and conducted teacher training seminars in many countries, and lives in Poole, UK.