The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
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Twain writes in a manner that is familiar and warm, yet also cutting. Real romance and real adventure occur in childhood, everything afterwards is just an echo. His descriptions are dense, yet essential to the breezy mood. A beautiful read.
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On the banks of the Mississippi, Tom Sawyer and his friends seek out adventure at every turn. Then one fateful night they witness a murder. The boys swear never to reveal the secret and run away to be pirates and search for hidden treasure. But when Tom gets trapped in a cave with the murderer, can he escape unharmed?

Richard Peck is an American novelist known for his young adult books. He was awarded American's highly prestigious Newbery Medal in 2001 for his novel A Year Down Yonder.

 

About Mark Twain

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Samuel Langhorne Clemans, known to most as Mark Twain, has been hailed by many as the father of American Literature. His two most famous works, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), are considered two of the greatest American novels of all time. Twain was born in Florida, Missouri on 30th November 1835. He grew up in the town of Hannibal on the Mississippi River, which would eventually serve as the basis for the place where Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn would live. Twain grew up in Missouri at a time when it was a slave state. After the American Civil War broke out, he became a strong supporter of emancipation, and staunchly believed that the slave trade should be abolished. Though he began as a comic writer, the tribulations he faced in his personal life perhaps served to turn him into a serious, even pessimistic, writer in his later years. He lost his wife and two daughters, and his ill-fated life never really allowed him to recover. Twain passed away in 1910, but he is still one of the best-loved writers around the world.
 
Published February 12, 2015 by Penguin. 212 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, History, Humor & Entertainment, Education & Reference, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Self Help, Parenting & Relationships, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Young Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, War, Comics & Graphic Novels, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math. Non-fiction
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The Atlantic

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Reviewed by William Dean Howells on May 01 1980

The tale is very dramatically wrought, and the subordinate characters are treated with the same graphic force that sets Tom alive before us.

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Tiny Library

Good
Reviewed by Sam on Apr 11 2012

I enjoyed the initial sections of the book the most (loved the chapter where Toms tricks his friends into doing painting the fence for him) but thought that parts of the story surrounding Injun Joe and the treasure were a bit silly. Injun Joe was a good 'bad guy' but Twain was treading a fine line between the believable and the unbelievable.

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Chicago Center For Literature And Photography

Good
on Feb 29 2008

...what its critics say really is true -- there really is just not much of substance at all to Tom Sawyer...This doesn't prevent me from still loving Tom Sawyer, and still confidently labeling it a "classic" for its American Pastoral elements...

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A Book a Day Till I Can Stay Blog

Excellent
on Jul 29 2010

Twain writes in a manner that is familiar and warm, yet also cutting. Real romance and real adventure occur in childhood, everything afterwards is just an echo. His descriptions are dense, yet essential to the breezy mood. A beautiful read.

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Curled Up Kids

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Reviewed by Lillian Brummet on Sep 16 2015

Nothing is held back from the reader in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Superstition and slaves are intermixed with poverty, hunger and adventure.

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