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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer: (Bullseye Step into Classics 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 4 people found this review helpful.

I would not recommend this version

too many errors in the transcription. I gave up and decided to just read the hardback copy.

posted by sargerx on January 31, 2011

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  • Posted June 30, 2011

    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 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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 31, 2011

    I would not recommend this version

    too many errors in the transcription. I gave up and decided to just read the hardback copy.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2011

    wrong title...this is huck finn

    wrong title...this is huck finn

    2 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2010

    Terrible edition

    I'm sure Tom Sawyer is a great book, but this scanned edition is so full of OCR errors that it's unreadable. Hard to even tell what Mark Twain is telling. Not only are many letters misread and the wrong ones inserted, the book is also full of misread punctuation that results in slashes and other marks which confuse.

    I guess since this edition is free that it's got some value, but it's sure no fun at all to read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2014

    REVIEW

    I ordered a free sample and evem though I ended up buying it, I still only have the free sample.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2013

    Not The Adventures of Tom Sawyer!!!!!!!!!

    I got this hopeing it was "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" but instead it is "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn"

    1 out of 3 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 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 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 May 29, 2013

    ??

    Can someone tell me if this is a food book or not? I see a ton of post saying it's good and a ron sayinf it's bad. My life revolvs around books, and I need to know if it's good.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    Ok

    Fine

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    This book is...

    CRAP

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Hard

    I dont really like it a it is to hard for me it is jus not my type of book my teacer is making my class read it so

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2008

    not a good book.

    The Tom sawyer book was not all that great.The character was boring an nothing really great ever happened in the book. It's surpose to be a adventure book by the way. I just think there's better books.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2007

    It wasn't great

    This book was very boring and barely anything exciting happened during the whole story. I wouldn't recomend it.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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