Tom Sawyer

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Publication: 1876

A young boy Tom Sawyer lives in the town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. Here he goes on countless adventures. The story begins with Tom using tricks and cunning lies to get out of doing chores to buy a bible. At Sunday school Tom meets Becky and falls in love with her. However these are just subplots to the main story. Tom and his friend Huckleberry Finn witness Injun Joe murder Dr. Robinson a member of the town. Tom and Huck try to stay as far away from Injun Joe as they can but they keep coming back to him throughout the story. Later on they realizes that he has found buried treasure and they try to steal it from him. Eventually they get the gold because Injun Joe dies from being trapped in he cave that Tom and Becky were previously trapped in. This story has a nice happy ending, Tom and Huck both get some of the gold and Huck becomes an honorary member of society.

This book has very little historical accuracy. It is more a story that young children can relate to, people enjoy the sense of adventure that Tom and Huck had in their lives and wish that their lives could be filled with adventure. From this book you do learn about the time period. You learn how people talked and how society was run in towns in the 1840’s. On a scale of one to ten I would rate this book a 3 or a 4 because there was some things you could take from this story but most of it was made up.
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