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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Children's Classic Collection Series)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

13 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

A Captivating Recount of a Young Boy's Adventure Into Manhood

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is a very enthralling novel. It is about an imaginative young boy, Tom Sawyer who can be very mischievous but is naturally "good", instead of his half brother Sid, or the novel's antagonist, Injun Joe. He begins the story as a ...
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is a very enthralling novel. It is about an imaginative young boy, Tom Sawyer who can be very mischievous but is naturally "good", instead of his half brother Sid, or the novel's antagonist, Injun Joe. He begins the story as a manipulative young rebel, which is demonstrated when he swindles his classmates into whitewashing a fence that he was originally punished to do, in exchange for small treasures. Tom, captivated with stories of pirates and other rebels, leads him and his friends in a series of adventures, from playing battles to running away to an island to create a pirate crew. As the adventures become more serious and dangerous, Tom becomes more and more mature. After witnessing a murder, and testifying against the killer, Injun Joe, Tom and Huckleberry Finn fear for their lives while treasure hunting, and they both display heroics that ultimately result into their "real" maturation into adulthood. Twain, throughout the story satirizes the hypocrisy of most adult institutions, such as the church, Sunday school, regular school and the temperance tavern. He views that adults are hypocritical and pretentious, possessing a certain "false maturity". This "false" maturity is defined by the moral maturity a person or institution has. For example, the temperance tavern, which is not supposed to serve alcohol, has a secret back room that does just that. By the end of the novel, Tom changed from attempting to undermine all authority, into a defender of the respectable adult society, displaying the truest sense of moral maturity, even though he was still not very old. Tom first explores superstitions with Huck, and soon becomes dependant on them. They created so many beliefs that in any uncertain situation, such as when they were in the haunted mansion, they can provide reassurance and confidence in one's self. Rebellion is prevalent within the novel. Tom and his friends commit crimes and disobey their parents, but they never are geared at hurting any other people. These minor rebellions could never lead to worse crimes, because Tom and the boys felt deep remorse only for stealing small amounts of bacon. These rebellious adventures for Tom lead to his praise within the community, like when he returns from Jackson's Island and shows up at his own funeral, only to be greeted with hugs. Injun Joe however, commits crimes that are obviously harmful to others such as murder, and finally dies, which shows that Twain condemns crimes that are harmful to others. I strongly recommend this intriguing book, although at times it can be hard to follow.

posted by Trevor_ on February 27, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

A CLASSIC BOOK RUINED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I first read this incredible book when I was a little kid before Nooks were even created and I loved it and since The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is clearly a classic I figured it can only be better if I chooose it as an ebook to read to my younger family members so they c...
I first read this incredible book when I was a little kid before Nooks were even created and I loved it and since The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is clearly a classic I figured it can only be better if I chooose it as an ebook to read to my younger family members so they can see how great this story is too! I started reading a couple of pages and there was some mis-spelled words and so I figured it was only on a few pages but than I kept on reading and it just got worse and worse to the point where I could not not even read it before I just got flat out disgusted with reading a single line because whenever I tried to figure out what the author wrote it made me feel so stupid so I would not recommend reading this particulr ebook be read by anyone else.

posted by KTCTMTLT on June 30, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Great book

    Its a good book i got it at the lybary at my school.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    Uuuuggghhhhh

    This wasnt even in english most of the time read a dif. version then youll be happier

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2014

    Its okay.

    I guess its okay ish, but its really boring. Uggghhhh why does school make us read such sucky books uuuuuuggggghhhhh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 9, 2014

    Aw

    Awsome

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2014

    Great Book!

    Don't pay attention to the negative reviews. Just. Read. It.
    You won't regret it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2014

    To: A masterpiece if American Literature. Also to the first one.

    I agree to you both, it was filled with action, adventure, and esspessially (I spelled that wrong) excitement

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2014

    Awesome book!!!!!

    At first when i saw the book i didnt think i was hoing to like it but when i started reading i knew i was wrong.that just goes to prove never judge a person or book by there cover

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2014

    Stupid

    Its abriged version if you want the real version dont buy it its a waste of money

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2014

    This book is the most boring book i have EVERread in my entire life!!!!!!!!!!

    This book is so boring that if i had a paper back version of it i would through it across the room and stomp on it with a high heel entill it is shredded to bits!!!! The end.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2014

    This is a great version but....

    This is a great book but it isnt tom sawyer. Its hucklberry finn. If you dont mind getting a diffrrent book from what it says then thats ok but warning wrong book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2013

    Mmark twain

    As sir poopypants i declare this book the most wonderful book in the world@?factories and co. Sorry people who are to read this that was my sister and i will try to keep her off the nook.in the meantime this book is tho most wonderful book in the world

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    To Book

    There aren't many typos because of the different dialect (the way people speak the same language differently like Brittish English and American English) used. That is because the book was published in the 1870's when there was a different "type" of English. Quick fact: "Mark Twain" was a boating term used to signal when the water was high enough so that the boat wouldn't run a ground. Samuel Clemens grew up in a river town so he experienced a lot of sailing and boaring terms in his childhood; That is what lead him to his penname as an author.

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  • Posted October 11, 2013

    Dean Goranites of the BookReviewersClub reviewed the book "

    Dean Goranites of the BookReviewersClub reviewed the book "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" by Mark Twain.




    This story is about a boy named Tom Sawyer who is a very selfish type of "Bad Boy," which actually makes him a fairly lovable character. Tom spends most of his time with Huckleberry Finn, the son of the town drunkard, who is more or less an orphan. He is not forced to do anything; he does whatever he wants.




    One interesting aspect of the story is how much superstition is in this novel. Tom and Finn talk about all the different superstitions of the time like ghosts, dead cats and more. Mark Twain took most of his ideas for the story from daily life, which makes the story cool and interesting.




    Dean thinks Mark Twain did a great job in this book. All in all, he gave the book 5 stars because the story was so interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2015

    Is actually huck finn

    But good unless you got it for school and now its the wrong book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Yoshigal

    Hows the book i still havent read it give real answer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2013

    Book is great but app keeps on malfuntioning.

    I recommend this book but the nook app in specific is not good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2013

    Terrible

    My activity reader wont respond because of this book. It has
    the paragraphs triple spaced and the book has stopped on page 147 and i cant read further. I recommend a different edition if this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 9, 2013

    So when ur bored

    Okay smart ones out there how do you talk to one another on a nook

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2013

    NO

    It is not a food book idiot

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2013

    Great book:)

    Great book:)

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