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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Monica Kulling

Random House Children's Books | November 21, 1995 | Trade Paperback

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 10.
Join Tom Sawyer''s wild adventures along the banks of the Mississippi River in this exciting addition to the Step into Classics line. Tom and his best friend, Huck Finn, share exciting make-believe escapades as treasure hunters, swashbuckling pirates, and soldiers in battle. They also unwittingly become real-life witnesses to a terrible crime!  

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 112 pages, 7.62 × 5.16 × 0.28 in

Published: November 21, 1995

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679880704

ISBN - 13: 9780679880707

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok, great narrator This tells the story of a boy, Tom Sawyer, and his best friend, Huck Finn, and some of the adventures they get into. Some of those adventures include ghosts, haunted houses and treasure. I listened to an audio version of this one, narrated by William Dufris. The narrator was very good with amazing expressions, but my mind wandered, anyway. The one mostly couldn't hold my interest. Because of that, I missed a lot, so initially, it almost felt like these were short stories, rather than a novel. A lot of the same characters did return later, and I think storylines were picked up again later, but it was hard to connect everything because I just hadn't focused enough. However, the parts of the book that I did catch, I thought were cute. And, I have to give bonus points for the narrator, so an “o.k.” 3 stars it is.
Date published: 2012-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just like I remembered it I first read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer as a kid and recall that I liked it then. Well, I like it now, too. The story moves along with lots of little incidents between the big stories of the murder and treasure. The entire episode in the cave is particularly good. It was definitely worth it to read again. The only downside is the racism; not that Mark Twain has written a racist story. The story is set during the days of slavery. Intense racism is part of Tom Sawyer's world. There are passages, although surprisingly few, that are unpleasant. If nothing else, it reminds us how far we've come down the path, and, that fortunately, Twain was on the right path away from that world.
Date published: 2011-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely a Classic I can't believe I'd never read this book before. It's such good writing. The humour is wonderful. There is a reason Mark Twain is quoted so often. What's scary about the book is the racism in it. Not that Mark Twain was racist, the way people were at the time. Especially since there are people there who still think that way. Anyway, a fantastic book and everyone should read it.
Date published: 2011-02-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome Book The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was an entertaining book. I could relate to the character of Tom because i used to be mischievous as well and got into some trouble. Tom was a very clever boy in the book because of how he tricked his friends to do the work while he watched. The book had a bit of everything. For example the book included the following: adventure, humor, romance and suspense. This book is definitely worth the read and I look forward to the sequel "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn".
Date published: 2011-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great!! I read this book for school, and so I thaught that it was going to be another boring school book. But it was NOT, it was actualy pretty good. I was able to get in to it and I enjoyed reading it.
Date published: 2011-01-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant I was very pleased with this book and quite frankly, a little surprised. I wasn't sure if this was the right book for me because I have never read anything like it. I struggled with some of the language at first but once I began to dig deeper into the plot, everything began to connect to create quite an enjoyable read. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is up for a great adventure, you won't regret it! I loved this book so much that I've already started to read the sequal, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
Date published: 2011-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Tom Sawyer is a mischievous boy being raised by his Aunt Polly in a Missuri town right on the Mississippi River. The book opens with, Tom getting in trouble at school and as punishment is supposed to spend his Saturday whitewashing her fence. But instead he's convinced his friends the job's so fun that they're trading him stuff just for the chance to slap the whitewash on. This book was very enjoyable to read because it explored the themes of growing up, imagination, superstition and religion, things most teenagers can relate to. I would definitely reccomend this book to everyone.
Date published: 2011-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely great! The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is a book that everyone enjoys reading. It is a story about a young boy who lives along the Mississippi river and has many adventures. Most of the Adventures in this book have really occurred. Tom is always getting in trouble and his Aunt Polly is always worried about him. Tom and Huckleberry Fin have fun times together and experience some bad things in this book. This book is a really good read and I recommend everyone who likes a good adventure to read it. You'll LOVE it.
Date published: 2011-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fun, entertaining read that will make you smile I first read this book in high school and at the time, I found it boring and didn't like reading it, but then again I was forced to read it for English class. Anyone knows being forced to do something isn't as fun as willingly doing so yourself! LOL But, years later I decided to re-read this book on a whim, and to my delight I found myself enjoying this book immensely. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer chronicles the day-to-day happenings of a young boy in Missouri and his mischievous and playful antics about town. Tom Sawyer is a rascal. He has no qualms about cutting school and romping in the forest to play pirate or tricking his peers into wanting to whitewash a fence (which I found totally hilarious!). Despite his reckless and selfish ways, he is a character that arouses feelings of sympathy and amusement. I found myself sympathizing with his woes (of course, all which came about because of Tom Sawyer himself) and smiling at his antics and beliefs (his superstitious beliefs, for instance his belief that burying a dead cat in the graveyard at midnight will cure warts!). Interestingly, I found that in reading this book I started recalling my *own* childhood and the games and activities I participated in as a little girl. This book doesn't have any great moral lesson to teach the reader, or some profound idea to enlighten us with. It's allure lies in its ability to compel the reader into looking back on one's own childhood with feelings of nostalgia and longing for the carefree and innocent days of childhood where anything is possible. This is a book of pure entertainment. Twain wrote a brief preface to the book and he stated that this was one of his reasons in writing this book: to hopefully create these kinds of memories in the reader, to have the reader wistfully think back on their childhood and remember the way they once were as children. Anyways, the book was very easy reading, the language simple to understand and not flowery in its descriptions. The characters and locale leap from the pages and come alive. You are there with Tom Sawyer and are privy to life in a small town off the Mississippi, and it's all so vividly and simply told, that when you reach the very last page and finish, you wish the story could go on and you could get more glimpses into Tom Sawyer's world. In fact, the next book is The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and although it's not a sequel to this book, it does continue with some familiar characters introduced in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.
Date published: 2009-07-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer was Breath Taking I read this story for an english book report and it was excellent. Toms attitude reminds me of many young fun loving children these days.
Date published: 2001-05-03

– More About This Product –

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

by Monica Kulling

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 112 pages, 7.62 × 5.16 × 0.28 in

Published: November 21, 1995

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679880704

ISBN - 13: 9780679880707

About the Book

The adventures and pranks of a mischievous boy growing up in a 19th-century Mississippi River town as he plays hookey on an island, witnesses a crime, hunts for pirate treasure, and becomes lost in a cave.

Read from the Book

Chapter 1 "Tom!" No answer. "Tom!" No answer. "What''s gone with that boy, I wonder? You TOM!" No answer. The old lady pulled her spectacles down and looked over them, about the room; then she put them up and looked out under them. She seldom or never looked through them for so small a thing as a boy; they were her state pair, the pride of her heart, and were built for "style," not service;-she could have seen through a pair of stove lids just as well. She looked perplexed for a moment, and then said, not fiercely, but still loud enough for the furniture to hear: "Well, I lay if I get hold of you I''ll-" She did not finish, for by this time she was bending down and punching under the bed with the broom-and so she needed breath to punctuate the punches with. She resurrected nothing but the cat. "I never did see the beat of that boy!" She went to the open door and stood in it and looked out among the tomato vines and "jimpson" weeds that constituted the garden. No Tom. So she lifted up her voice, at an angle calculated for distance, and shouted: "Y-o-u-u Tom!" There was a slight noise behind her and she turned just in time to seize a small boy by the slack of his roundabout and arrest his flight. "There! I might ''a'' thought of that closet. What you been doing in there?" "Nothing." "Nothing! Look at your hands. And look at your mouth. What is that truck?" "I don''
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From the Publisher

Join Tom Sawyer''s wild adventures along the banks of the Mississippi River in this exciting addition to the Step into Classics line. Tom and his best friend, Huck Finn, share exciting make-believe escapades as treasure hunters, swashbuckling pirates, and soldiers in battle. They also unwittingly become real-life witnesses to a terrible crime!  

From the Jacket

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

About the Author

Frank Conroy (1936–2005) was the author of Stop-Time and Body & Soul, among other books.

From Our Editors

The adventures and pranks of a mischievous boy growing up in a nineteenth-century Mississippi River town as he plays hookey on an island, witnesses a crime, hunts for pirate treasure, and becomes lost in a cave

Editorial Reviews

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

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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