This is a classic adventure novel, perhaps even the classic adventure novel. Set in the year 1751, Kidnapped centers around David Balfour, a young Scotsman orphaned by the death of his father. Betrayed by his uncle, the young hero is shanghaied and headed for bondage in the New World, until a swashbuckling highlander comes to his rescue. Stirring, suspenseful; considered by Stevenson to be his best fiction. Grade 6 and up.