The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Mark Twain

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Overview

Rediscover the classic American tale or join Tom Sawyer's adventures on for the first time.

A favorite among young readers and adults alike, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, first published in 1876, is considered to one of the great novels about American adolescence along with its sequel Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Tom Sawyer is a young orphan living with his half brother Sid at their Aunt Polly's house. A bad apple in school, he resists all efforts at correction, except when it comes to courting the lovely Becky Thatcher. Along with his buddy Huck Finn, Tom fools around, plays practical jokes and causes trouble—until the day when the two witness a murder.

Many readers see The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as a children's book, however there are shades to this tale that even adults who return to the story may have missed.

Complete and unabridged, this elegantly designed, clothbound edition features an elastic closure and a new introduction by Sarah Kerman.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780517655900
Publisher: Random House Value Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/12/1988
Series: Illustrated Childrens Classics Series

About the Author

Mark Twain (1835-1910) grew up in Hannibal Missouri. He began his career as a journeyman printer and journalist. His youthful experiences along the Mississippi inspired some of his most famous works—and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. In addition to his well-known works of fiction, he was also a prolific travel writer. Among his best-known works is Life on the Mississippi. He was also a star of the lecture circuit.

Sarah Kerman received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the University of Pennsylvania and has published work on Henry Roth and Jean Toomer. She teaches English at the Dalton School.

Date of Birth:

November 30, 1835

Date of Death:

April 21, 1910

Place of Birth:

Florida, Missouri

Place of Death:

Redding, Connecticut

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Table of Contents

Contents
Introduction

  1. Tom Plays, Fights, and Hides
  2. The Glorious Whitewasher
  3. Busy at War and Love
  4. Showing Off in Sunday School
  5. The Pinch Bug and His Prey
  6. Tom Meets Becky
  7. Tick-Running and a Heartbreak
  8. A Pirate Bold to Be
  9. Tragedy in the Graveyard
  10. Dire Prophecy of the Howling Dog
  11. Conscience Racks Tom
  12. The Cat and the Painkiller
  13. The Pirate Crew Set Sail
  14. Happy Camp of the Freebooters
  15. Tom's Stealthy Visit Home
  16. First Pipes — "I've Lost My Knife"
  17. Pirates at Their Own Funeral
  18. Tom Reveals His Dream Secret
  19. The Cruelty of "I Didn't Think"
  20. Tom Takes Becky's Punishment
  21. Eloquence — and the Master's Gilded Dome
  22. Huck Finn Quotes Scripture
  23. The Salvation of Muff Potter
  24. Splendid Days and Fearsome Nights
  25. Seeking the Buried Treasure
  26. Real Robbers Seize the Box of Gold
  27. Trembling on the Trail
  28. In the Lair of Injun Joe
  29. Huck Saves the Widow
  30. Tom and Becky in the Cave
  31. Found and Lost Again
  32. "Turn Out! They're Found!"
  33. The Fate of Injun Joe
  34. Floods of Gold
  35. Respectable Huck Joins the Gang
    Literary Allusions and Notes
    Critical Excerpts
    Mark Twain on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
    Suggestions for Further Reading

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"Twain had a greater effect than any other writer on the evolution of American prose."

Reading Group Guide

1. In his preface, Mark Twain remarks that "Although my book is intended mainly for the entertainment of boys and girls, I hope it will not be shunned by men and women on that account, for part of my plan has been to try to pleasantly remind adults of what they once were themselves. . . ." Do you think Twain succeeds in this "plan"? Discuss the ways in which Tom Sawyer can be read by both children and adults-do different aspects of the book appeal to different kinds of readers? Are different episodes designed, as some critics have suggested, to appeal to different audiences?

2. How does Tom Sawyer relate to the world of adult authority and responsibility? Can he be said to "mature" during the course of the novel, as critics have asserted? If so in what ways?

3. Discuss the town of St. Petersburg, Missouri, Tom Sawyer's home. How would you describe it? What literary devices or descriptions, to your mind, make Twain's portrayal of rural American life in the years before the Civil War interesting, unique, appealing?

4. Virginia Wexman notes that in Tom Sawyer "we are confronted with two clearly separate worlds. The first world is a light and engaging one . . . where life is played at . . . the world of Tom himself. . . . But there is another world here too, a darker world where actions have real meaning and real moral consequences-the world of people like Injun Joe and Muff Potter." Discuss each of these "two worlds," and the ways in which they are related to each other in the novel.

5. Discuss Tom's relationship with Huckleberry Finn, from their first encounter, through their subsequent adventures. What do you make of this friendship? Why are these characters drawn to each other? Compare this relationship with other relationships in the novel, for instance Tom's relationship to Becky Thatcher.

6. Discuss Twain's use of particular geographical settings as scenes for episodes in the novel: the river, the island, the cave. Why do you think these particular landscapes are chosen? How do they inform the action of the novel?

7. Tom Sawyer is one of the most recognizable and revered characters in American literature; as Lyall Powers writes, "Everybody knows Tom's story whether he has actually read the book or not." What do you think accounts for the enduring popularity of Twain's literary creation?

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Illustrated Junior Library) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 206 reviews.
KTCTMTLT More than 1 year ago
I first read this incredible book when I was a little kid before Nooks were even created and I loved it and since The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is clearly a classic I figured it can only be better if I chooose it as an ebook to read to my younger family members so they can see how great this story is too! I started reading a couple of pages and there was some mis-spelled words and so I figured it was only on a few pages but than I kept on reading and it just got worse and worse to the point where I could not not even read it before I just got flat out disgusted with reading a single line because whenever I tried to figure out what the author wrote it made me feel so stupid so I would not recommend reading this particulr ebook be read by anyone else.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I realy enjoy this book . If you are advanced in reading and 9-10 this will be a good book for you. If you are older and average in reading it may be interesting but it may not. Here is a quik summary, Tom and Huck go on a big adventure and huck is the boy every boy wants to be. Lucky Tom, he goes on an adventure and be a piarate!
sargerx More than 1 year ago
too many errors in the transcription. I gave up and decided to just read the hardback copy.
read-knit More than 1 year ago
The story, of course, is great. But this edition came through with so many "typos" that I just couldn't read it. I got another copy through Gutenberg...
LoudWaves More than 1 year ago
I'm sure Tom Sawyer is a great book, but this scanned edition is so full of OCR errors that it's unreadable. Hard to even tell what Mark Twain is telling. Not only are many letters misread and the wrong ones inserted, the book is also full of misread punctuation that results in slashes and other marks which confuse. I guess since this edition is free that it's got some value, but it's sure no fun at all to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good book i got it at the lybary at my school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think you should get this book even though it has bad words.
Ynaffit27 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was hard to get into at first--the vocabulary and language is tough and gets you off track. However, the story-line is great. I love the newer adaptation of this book with Jonathan Taylor Thomas. The ending in the book is far better though, and of course the book is more detailed and the movie makes more sense in parts. Overall, I think this is a good book for adults and middle or high school students to read because it's about being young and finding yourself as you grow up.
BNBHarper on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary: A young boy named Tom Sawyer grows up in a small town. He befriends a slave and goes through many adventures with him. Response: A very fun adventurous book to read. The fact that the characters were based off real people makes it even better. Connection: Have this as a read aloud chapter book discussing the plot with the kids as the teacher reads.
hshell on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book shares a story about a young boy who goes through some exciting adventures alongside his friends. Tom and his friends Finn share some innocent adventures that turn sour when they come upon a murder in a graveyard. The rest of the book follows the young men who are both afraid of the murderer and excited to be having an adventure. They end up being the town heros and find a box of gold which the murderer had been trying to hide. This book is full of excitment and would be great for any kid who craves a little adventure and suspense.
brittanybear79 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tom Sawyer was a little boy who was very mischievous. He went to live with his aunt. He didnt always follow the rules. He was forced to white wash the fence as punishment for some of the bad things he did. He tricked a lot of people into do stuff for him that he didnt want to do. He an Huck Finn went on a lot of adventures. Once Huck fell through the roof of the church and he faked his death. Then Becki found him and she was so mad when she found of that Huck was faking it the whole time. This book is known by a lot of people but most of them dont read it. They just know the main parts. i encourage people to read this. it is a fun read.
MrsLee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun little book with some moments of wry humor. Interesting to note things that were not known about Africa and the Middle East when this was written. The story itself is not believable, but with this author, I never thought it was supposed to be.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Everyone should read this book!
ErikSalvail on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Monica Kulling adapted the classic tales of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain in a new version printed as a Stepping Stone Book(TM). The story is fun and steeped in trouble as Tom and Huck Finn play pirates, hunt treasures, and foil criminals. A great book to increase your child's literacy and read the classic tale.
atreic on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mark Twain's prose is lovely, and walks a fine line between describing the rural South in ways which are sentimental or derogatory. But it is at the end of the day a children's book for boys, about Indians and buried treasure and running away and getting lost in caves, which while it is endearing and lovely is not sock-rocking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I guess its okay ish, but its really boring. Uggghhhh why does school make us read such sucky books uuuuuuggggghhhhh
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Don't pay attention to the negative reviews. Just. Read. It. You won't regret it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree to you both, it was filled with action, adventure, and esspessially (I spelled that wrong) excitement
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so boring that if i had a paper back version of it i would through it across the room and stomp on it with a high heel entill it is shredded to bits!!!! The end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book but it isnt tom sawyer. Its hucklberry finn. If you dont mind getting a diffrrent book from what it says then thats ok but warning wrong book!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To many mispells snd random signs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
As sir poopypants i declare this book the most wonderful book in the world@?factories and co. Sorry people who are to read this that was my sister and i will try to keep her off the nook.in the meantime this book is tho most wonderful book in the world
Anonymous More than 1 year ago