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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
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In the 1840s, a mischievous boy named Tom Sawyer lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother, Sid, in the Mississippi River town of St. Petersburg, Missouri. After playing hooky from school on Friday and dirtying his clothes in a fight, Tom is made to whitewash the fence as punishment all of the next day. At first, Tom is disheartened by having to forfeit his day off. However, he soon cleverly persuades his friends to trade him small treasures for the privilege of doing his work. He trades the treasures he got by tricking his friends into whitewashing the fence for tickets given out in Sunday school for memorizing Bible verses, which can be used to claim a Bible as a prize. He received enough tickets to be given the Bible. However, he loses much of his glory when, in response to a question to show off his knowledge, he incorrectly answers that the first disciples were David and Goliath.


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Pages: 272
Reading Level: Advanced (9 to 13)
Language: English
Categories: Action Adventure, Boys
Features: Illustrations, Chapters
Keywords: mississippi, river, boat, white wash, jim, huckelberry finn
Date Added: February 18, 2013
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER BY MARK TWAIN THE AMERICAN PUBLISHING COMPANY HARTFORD CONN CHICAGO ILL CINCINNATI OHIO A ROMAN CO SAN FRANCISCO CAL To MY WIFE THIS BOOK is AFFECTIONATELY DEDICATED PREFACE Most of the adventures recorded in this book really occurred one or two were experiences of my own the rest those of boys who were schoolmates of mine Huck Finn is drawn from life Tom Sawyer also but not from an individual he is a combination of the characteristics of three boys whom I knew and therefore belongs to the composite order of architecture The odd superstitions touched upon were all prevalent among children and slaves in the West at the period of this story that is to say thirty or forty years ago 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 them selves and of how they felt and thought and talked and what queer enterprises they sometimes engaged in THE AUTHOR HARTFORD CONTENTS CHAPTER I Youu Tom Aunt Polly Decides Upon her Duty Tom Practices Music The Challenge A Private Entrance Strong Temptations CHAPTER II Strategic Movements The Innocents Beguiled CHAPTER III Tom as a General Triumph and Reward Dismal Felicity Commission and Omission CHAPTER IV Attending SundaySchool The Superintendent Showing off Tom Mental Acrobatics Lionized A Useful Minister Self Examination Approaches CHAPTER V In Church The Climax CHAPTER VI The Midnight Charm Dentistry Happy Hours Witches and Devils Cautious A Treaty Entered Into CHAPTER VII Early Lessons A Mistake Made CHAPTER VIII Tom Decides on his Course Old Scenes Reenacted CHAPTER IX Grave Subjects Introduced Injun Joe Explains CHAPTER X The Solemn Oath Terror Brings Repentance Mental Punishment A Solemn Situation           XII CONTENTS CHAPTER XI Muff Potter Comes Himself Toms Conscience at Work CHAPTER XII Tom Shows his Generosity