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The adventures of Tom Sawyer
Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.
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New York : Books of Wonder : Morrow, [1989?]
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261 pages, 17 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
The adventures and pranks of a mischievous boy growing up in a Mississippi River town on the early nineteenth century.
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GN 260 Lexile.
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Accelerated Reader AR MG+ 8.1 12.0 502.
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Here is one of the great American novels, illustrated by one of this country's most distinguished artists.

Readers will enjoy the antics of that irrepressible boy-hero, Tom, who lies to his Aunt Polly and still is forgiven, wins the heart of Becky Thatcher by getting whipped at school, gets out of whitewashing a fence by tricking his friends into doing it, and has dangerous adventures with his sidekick Huckleberry Finn but emerges unscathed.

Barry Moser's seventeen unforgettable watercolors bring Mark Twain's beloved novel to life in this deluxe gift edition that readers will want to return to again and again.

Author Notes

Mark Twain was born Samuel L. Clemens in Florida, Missouri on November 30, 1835. He worked as a printer, and then became a steamboat pilot. He traveled throughout the West, writing humorous sketches for newspapers. In 1865, he wrote the short story, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, which was very well received. He then began a career as a humorous travel writer and lecturer, publishing The Innocents Abroad in 1869, Roughing It in 1872, and, Gilded Age in 1873, which was co-authored with Charles Dudley Warner. His best-known works are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mississippi Writing: Life on the Mississippi, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. He died of a heart attack on April 21, 1910.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

The fourth entry in Papercutz' Classics Illustrated Deluxe line of graphic-novel adaptations reworks Twain's classic tale of jubilant delinquency in a full-color manga style. The boy's manic irrepressibility is a neat fit for the flitting quality of the anime-inspired artwork, and the signature fence-whitewashing scene is especially well handled. While the hoary dialogue at first seems at odds with the modern manga format, it soon settles into a nice rhythm that preserves much of the Twainian flavor. The lengthy adaptation is doggedly faithful, with little missing from the twists, turns, and digressions of the original.--Chipman, Ian Copyright 2010 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-These abridged versions of classic novels are designed to present the works for young readers, using an interesting format. Unfortunately, both books fall short of this goal. Instead of relating interesting stories, Kirwan simply tells readers what happened in short, choppy sentences. There is little dialogue among characters, and students will have a hard time understanding Jim's poorly written dialect. For instance, in Huckleberry Finn, he states, "'Nemmine 'bout a doctor.'" An error is evident in the same book when Jim describes the dead man in the timber house, telling Huck "He's dead-ben shot" and the illustration depicts a stabbing victim. Some paragraphs are so long that they take up an entire page, and indenting their first lines doesn't seem to be a rule. Poor writing, sketchy illustrations, and bad formatting will not inspire kids to read the original books. Notes at the end, which include a "Filling in the Spaces" section and character descriptions, are weak attempts to provide useful information.-Cheryl Ashton, Amherst Public Library, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



From H. Daniel Peck's Introduction to Adventures of Tom Sawyer The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is Mark Twain's "other" book, the one, it is said, that prepared the way for his masterpiece, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn , and in which the hero of that work was born as a secondary figure. There is much truth in this formulation. Huck Finn is indeed Twain's masterpiece, perhaps his only great novel. In directly engaging slavery, it far surpasses the moral depth of Tom Sawyer , and its brilliant first-person narration as well as its journey structure elevate it stylistically above the somewhat fragmentary and anecdotal Tom Sawyer . Yet it is important to understand Tom Sawyer in its own terms, and not just as a run-up to Huck Finn . It was, after all, Mark Twain's best-selling novel during much of the twentieth century; and it has always had a vast international following. People who have never actually read the novel know its memorable episodes, such as the fence whitewashing scene, and its characters--Tom foremost among them--who have entered into national folklore. The appeal of Tom Sawyer is enduring, and it will be our purpose here to try to locate some of the sources of that appeal. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was Mark Twain's first novel (the first he authored by himself), but it is hardly the work of an apprentice writer. By the time this book was published in 1876, Samuel L. Clemens was already well known by his pen name Mark Twain, which he had adopted in 1863 while working as a reporter in Nevada. At the time of the novel's publication, he was in his early forties and beginning to live in an architect-designed home in Hartford, Connecticut. He had been married to his wife, Olivia, for six years, and two of his three daughters had been born. Up to this point, Twain had been known as a journalist, humorist, and social critic. His story "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," first published in 1865, had made him famous, and the lecture tours he had given in the United States and England in these years had been well received. His books The Innocents Abroad (1869), which satirizes an American sightseeing tour of the Middle East that he covered for a newspaper, and Roughing It (1872), an account of the far west based on his own experiences there, were great successes. Both works were first published in subscription form, and they quickly advanced Twain's reputation as a popular writer. His publication in 1873 of The Gilded Age , a book coauthored with Charles Dudley Warner dramatizing the excesses of the post-Civil War period, confirmed his place as a leading social critic. Indeed, the America reflected in The Gilded Age --an America of greed, corruption, and materialism--may have driven Twain back imaginatively to what seemed to him a simpler time--to "those old simple days", as he refers to them in the concluding chapter of Tom Sawyer . The first significant sign of such a return in his publications was his nostalgic essay "Old Times on the Mississippi," which appeared in 1875.3 The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , published the following year, belongs to this return to antebellum America, and to the scene of Twain's growing up--Hannibal, Missouri. That the author was able to draw upon his deepest reserves of childhood imagination in this work certainly accounts for much of its appeal. A decade after its publication, he referred to the novel as a "hymn" to a forgotten era,4 and while this characterization oversimplifies The Adventures of Tom Sawyer , it also points to key aspects of its composition and literary character. In the novel, Twain renames Hannibal as St. Petersburg, thus suggesting, as John C. Gerber has said, St. Peter's place, or heaven.5 But heaven, as Twain depicts it, is a real place. Many of the sites and topographical features are identifiable. Cardiff Hill, so important in the novel as a setting for children's games such as Robin Hood, is Holliday's Hill of Hannibal. Jackson's Island, the scene of the boys' life as "pirates," is recognizable as Glasscock's Island. And McDougal's Cave, so central to the closing movement of the novel, has a real-life reference in McDowell's cave. Human structures, like Aunt Polly's house, as well as the schoolhouse and the church, were similarly modeled after identifiable buildings in Hannibal. The autobiographical origins of the novel are also evident in the characters. In the preface, Twain says that "Huck Finn is drawn from life" (in part from a childhood friend named Tom Blankenship), and "Tom Sawyer also, but not from an individual--he is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew." Schoolmates John Briggs and Will Bowen probably were two of the three boys after whom Tom was modeled, and a good bet for the third is young Sam Clemens himself. Many of Tom's qualities resemble Twain's descriptions of his young self, and several of Tom's experiences--such as being forced by Aunt Polly to take the Painkiller and sitz baths--reflect the author's own. Aunt Polly herself has several characteristics that link her to Sam Clemens's mother, Jane Clemens. And scholars have found Hannibal counterparts for many of the other characters, including Becky Thatcher, Joe Harper, and Ben Rogers, as well as the widow Douglas and the town's minister, schoolteacher, and doctor. Excerpted from Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

The Life of Mark Twainp. v
Prefacep. ix
Dedicationp. xvii
Author's Prefacep. xix
Chapter 1 Tom Plays, Fights, and Hidesp. 1
Chapter 2 The Glorious Whitewasherp. 9
Chapter 3 Busy at War and Lovep. 15
Chapter 4 Showing Off in Sunday Schoolp. 22
Chapter 5 The Pinch Bug and His Preyp. 33
Chapter 6 Tom Meets Beckyp. 38
Chapter 7 Tick-Running and a Heartbreakp. 50
Chapter 8 A Pirate Bold To Bep. 57
Chapter 9 Tragedy in the Graveyardp. 62
Chapter 10 Dire Prophecy of the Howling Dogp. 69
Chapter 11 Conscience Racks Tomp. 76
Chapter 12 The Cat and the Painkillerp. 81
Chapter 13 The Pirate Crew Set Sailp. 87
Chapter 14 Happy Camp of the Freebootersp. 95
Chapter 15 Tom's Stealthy Visit Homep. 101
Chapter 16 First Pipes--"I've Lost My Knife"p. 106
Chapter 17 Pirates at Their Own Funeralp. 116
Chapter 18 Tom Reveals His Dream Secretp. 120
Chapter 19 The Cruelty of "I Didn't Think"p. 129
Chapter 20 Tom Takes Becky's Punishmentp. 132
Chapter 21 Eloquence--and the Master's Gilded Domep. 137
Chapter 22 Huck Finn Quotes Scripturep. 145
Chapter 23 The Salvation of Muff Potterp. 148
Chapter 24 Splendid Days and Fearsome Nightsp. 155
Chapter 25 Seeking the Buried Treasurep. 156
Chapter 26 Real Robbers Seize the Box of Goldp. 164
Chapter 27 Trembling on the Trailp. 173
Chapter 28 In the Lair of Injun Joep. 176
Chapter 29 Huck Saves the Widowp. 180
Chapter 30 Tom and Becky in the Cavep. 188
Chapter 31 Found and Lost Againp. 198
Chapter 32 "Turn Out! They're Found!"p. 207
Chapter 33 The Fate of Injun Joep. 211
Chapter 34 Floods of Goldp. 221
Chapter 35 Respectable Huck Joins the Gangp. 224
Afterwordp. 231