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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain
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Tom Sawyer is a high-spirited but basically good kid growing up on the Mississippi River, pining for Becky Thatcher, and getting into run-of-the-mill trouble. But when Huck Finn appears on the scene, boyish misadventure gets taken up a level, and soon the worlds of carefree childhood and adult consequences collide.

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We believe that this is a good book for class reading. Some of the language is unusual and difficult to understand. Language is very different to the movie. It gives us a full description of scenes, characters and events. At the moment we look forward to each installment. We are halfway through chapter one.
 
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Although I know this was written to be primarily aimed at children, it does seem rather dated and there are words used that kids of &quot;that age&quot; today wouldn't understand and many of Tom's antics would seem pretty tame (as would his collection of &quot;treasures&quot; such as marbles, a dead rat to swing on a string, and a brass knob - in this age of commercialism, children would marvel that anyone of any age would think of these things as worth having). This also seems a lot more childish than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn did, although perhaps that's to be expected as this was written first and the hero is younger here.<br/><br/>Overall, I think I liked this slightly better than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn but there's not much in it. It's was entertaining enough, but not one I think I'll pick up in paperback.
 
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Mark Twain. One the the greatest literary artists the US, no, the world has ever produced. I have read this story I do not know how many times over the last (almost) 60 years. This book, to me, provides for little, young, not-so-young, boys what &quot;Alice in Wonderland&quot; does for little girls. At least those that have a favorable imagination for this type/genre of story. I never read any story/book/article/whatever more than once in my life, EXCEPT for this work and a handful of others. So parents does your little have an imagination, able to read a very easy literary style, and able to 'act-out' Huck Finn, in all his glory &amp; honor. I know it kept me busy for hours (and my parents also, that is when it became obvious I needed props and other such thinks. NO ONE ever got hurt, injured, or destroyed. Truly one of my all time favorites. Thank you, Mark Twain!
 
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I was so reminded of my boyhood as I read about Tom's adventures. Twain captures the fun, the excitement, the puppy love, and the bs, of being a boy so well.
 
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I laughed and cried as I read this book. Highly recommended!
 
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The book opened up bottled feelings from my own childhood . I could not stop laughing with Tom , panicked when he was in trouble. My only regret now is that I will never be able to read Tom Sawyer for the first time again.
 
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It feels needlessly judgmental to criticize the scattered plot and thin characters in what is regarded (at least by some) as a young adult novel. But the subject matter is also surprisingly dark, featuring some adult scenes and themes. So I am not sure who the audience is meant to be. It was diverting enough, but I would not recommend it to others.
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