The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

Book - 2014
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The classic boyhood adventure tale, updated with a new introduction by noted Mark Twain scholar R. Kent Rasmussen. A consummate prankster with a quick wit, Tom Sawyer dreams of a bigger fate than simply being a "rich boy." Yet through the novel's humorous escapades-from the famous episode of the whitewashed fence to the trial of Injun Joe-Mark Twain explores the deeper themes of the adult world, one of dishonesty and superstition, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery.
Publisher: New York, New York : Penguin Books, 2014.
ISBN: 9780143107330
Branch Call Number: F TWAIN
Characteristics: xxxvi, 233 pages ; 20 cm.


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Young Tom Sawyer lives in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. He befriends Huckleberry Finn and the two witness a murder along the Mississippi River.

Tom, shrewd and adventurous, makes friends with Huck Finn, and they accidentally witness a murder.

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Andrew Kyle Bacon
Mar 18, 2021

This book, more than many other books I can remember (perhaps The Mad Scientists' Club by Brinley?), can make me feel boyish. This book makes me want to go fishing, go float the Buffalo River and pretend to be a pirate, to dig for bury treasure, and to pester my wife as much as I can because she's a girl and thinks I'm a tad bit silly sometimes.

I would highly recommend this book for anyone who has an adventurous spirit (whether they be boyish or not!), but note that there is some ugly language (in terms of slurs) that some young readers might need to be guided through. I don't think the book should be avoided however, and, in fact, I think it desperately needs to be read and discussed. Can beautiful works of art also contain ugly things? Can characters we enjoy reading about sometimes be hurtful? Absolutely.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, despite some signs clearly showing its age, is one of the best adventure stories I've ever read. I can't believe I managed to avoid it as a kid. I would have loved it.

Oct 04, 2020

Tom Sawyer has a good heart, but trouble just seems to find him. Somehow. Repeatedly. Chock full of rousing adventure, peril (both real and imagined), philosophical musings and clever, wry humor, this Twain classic remains an enjoyable read. Some of the 1870s language can be challenging to parse, though it's worth rereading passages several times if needed, and some is definitely uncomfortable through our 21st-century lens, but overall Twain's ingenious and winking-to-the-reader writing style make this an amusing and entertaining read.

Feb 13, 2019

Boy adventures are the best adventures.

Feb 02, 2019

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a classic American novel written by Mark Twain. The book tells the fictional tale of a boy named Tom Sawyer living along the Mississippi River in the 1840s. One night, Tom and his friend, Huckleberry “Huck” Finn witness a murder at a graveyard. The story then revolves around the boys and their adventures as they meet new characters along the way, and get more involved with the aftermath of the murder. The novel certainly shows how different life was at this time as readers are given an insight on the lives of several characters and the community they live in. Mark Twain does well to create an interesting plot that moves along at a decent pace and doesn’t disappoint. I would give the book a rating of 4 stars, and I believe everyone should read this renowned classic at least once in their lives.
@Riveting_Reviews of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

Mar 12, 2018

Good book. It is hard to understand if you read through it really fast. Mark Twain perfects the imaginary life of a mischievous boy in the Great Western times.

Jan 04, 2018

A good read, as with most of Twain's stories. I would say this is the Hobbit of Huck Finn's Lord of the Rings. It is a much easier read and meant for a younger audience. I personally found Huck Finn a more enjoyable read, but I would still not pass this one up.

Cynthia_N Sep 26, 2016

I hadn't read this in the longest time and decided to revisit it. A fun book written by someone who clearly knows how boys play. I enjoyed it as much this time as I have in the past.

izacman Apr 19, 2016

its not good hard english bad read DONT CHOOSE FOR ISU

Feb 25, 2016

cool Book I read by Mark Twain.

vpl_childrens Dec 08, 2015

Behind Tom’s adventures in a small town on the Mississippi - from venturing into a nighttime graveyard with his friend Huck Finn, to tricking his friends into whitewashing a fence - are the difficult lessons to be learned about adult society.

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Mar 18, 2021

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Dec 21, 2014

Violence: some scences violent

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vernessa7 May 13, 2013

Tom Sawyer had many adventures and in one of the adventures he got lost in what may be a city underground.Tom Sawyer and his companion Becky Thatcher was saved from the underground city by a search michael


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Nov 20, 2011

The elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time. (Chapter 8)

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