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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
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Sep 18, 10

bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read in September, 2010

** spoiler alert ** The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is about a young mischievous boy named Tom Sawyer who lives in St.Petersburg, Missouri near the Mississippi River in the 1830s or 1840s with his aunt Polly, half-brother Sid, and their slave Jim. The book begins with Tom getting in trouble for fighting and he is forced to whitewash his aunt's fence. However he tricks the other kids into doing it for him, thus proving him to be cunning as well as mischievous. He is friends with a boy named Huckleberry Finn or "Huck" Finn. They decide to go to the town graveyard at midnight and see three men: Injun Joe, the town doctor, and Muff Potter. Injun Joe murders the doctor and leaves Potter to take the blame. Potter is put on trial but Huck and Tom say nothing because they are scared of Injun Joe. Finally at the last moment they tell and Injun Joe runs away. Another time they visit an old house and try to find treasure. However they find Injun Joe and watch as he finds treasure. Meanwhile Tom's friend Becky is taking her friends on a picnic. Tom and Becky play in the caves but get lost and try to find their way out for three days. They find Injun Joe and stay hidden from him but overhear where he hid the treasure from the old house.They escape through an opening that is too small for Joe and get the authorities. Tom is a town hero for saving Becky and finding Joe. The town blocks up the cave but then Tom tells them about Injun Joe being in there. By then it is too late and they find Joe dead. After this Tom and Huck find the treasure and become very rich.
I liked this book because it offers insight into life in the south before slavery's abolition. Not only that but it is also a wonderful literary masterpiece of work by Mark Twain.
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