The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Classic Starts Series)

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“We said there was no home like a raft. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery…but you feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.” Sail down the Mississippi with Huck Finn and the runaway slave, Jim. Twain’s beloved tale, with its folksy language, creates an indelible image of antebellum America with its sleepy river towns, con men, family feuds, and a variety of colorful characters.

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Overview

“We said there was no home like a raft. Other places do seem so cramped up and smothery…but you feel mighty free and easy and comfortable on a raft.” Sail down the Mississippi with Huck Finn and the runaway slave, Jim. Twain’s beloved tale, with its folksy language, creates an indelible image of antebellum America with its sleepy river towns, con men, family feuds, and a variety of colorful characters.

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Children's Literature
This title in the "Classic Starts" series is an abridged, rewritten version of Mark Twain's original novel. Huckleberry's adventure begins when the Widow Douglas takes him into her home and tries to civilize him. Huckleberry's pap kidnaps his son after discovering that he is rich and educated. Huckleberry escapes and sets out on a rafting adventure down the mighty Mississippi. While on the lam, Huckleberry runs into his friends Jim, a runaway slave, and Tom Sawyer, as well as a few unsavory characters. Huckleberry and Tom eventually arrive at the home of Tom's Aunt Sally and Uncle Silas. Aunt Sally wants to adopt and civilize the free spirited Huckleberry but he will not go through that again. Ho's abridged version of Huckleberry Finn's adventures is a fun and fast-paced story for children. It is easy to read and comprehend. Following the story there are questions for the reader to discuss with their parents or teacher. An educational afterword is included for adults who have a child in their life. This latest version will create a whole new generation of fans. Long live Huckleberry Finn. 2006, Sterling Publishing, Ages 8 to 12.
—Mary Jo Edwards
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402724992
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 3/28/2006
  • Series: Classic Starts Series
  • Edition description: Modern Retelling
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 71,334
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Lexile: 660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Mark Twain
Riverboat pilot, journalist, failed businessman (several times over): Samuel Clemens -- the man behind the figure of “Mark Twain” -- led many lives. But it was in his novels and short stories that he created a voice and an outlook on life that will be forever identified with the American character.

Biography

Mark Twain was born Samuel Langhorne Clemens on November 30, 1835, in Florida, Missouri; his family moved to the port town of Hannibal four years later. His father, an unsuccessful farmer, died when Twain was eleven. Soon afterward the boy began working as an apprentice printer, and by age sixteen he was writing newspaper sketches. He left Hannibal at eighteen to work as an itinerant printer in New York, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Cincinnati. From 1857 to 1861 he worked on Mississippi steamboats, advancing from cub pilot to licensed pilot.

After river shipping was interrupted by the Civil War, Twain headed west with his brother Orion, who had been appointed secretary to the Nevada Territory. Settling in Carson City, he tried his luck at prospecting and wrote humorous pieces for a range of newspapers. Around this time he first began using the pseudonym Mark Twain, derived from a riverboat term. Relocating to San Francisco, he became a regular newspaper correspondent and a contributor to the literary magazine the Golden Era. He made a five-month journey to Hawaii in 1866 and the following year traveled to Europe to report on the first organized tourist cruise. The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County and Other Sketches (1867) consolidated his growing reputation as humorist and lecturer.

After his marriage to Livy Langdon, Twain settled first in Buffalo, New York, and then for two decades in Hartford, Connecticut. His European sketches were expanded into The Innocents Abroad (1869), followed by Roughing It (1872), an account of his Western adventures; both were enormously successful. Twain's literary triumphs were offset by often ill-advised business dealings (he sank thousands of dollars, for instance, in a failed attempt to develop a new kind of typesetting machine, and thousands more into his own ultimately unsuccessful publishing house) and unrestrained spending that left him in frequent financial difficulty, a pattern that was to persist throughout his life.

Following The Gilded Age (1873), written in collaboration with Charles Dudley Warner, Twain began a literary exploration of his childhood memories of the Mississippi, resulting in a trio of masterpieces --The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Life on the Mississippi (1883), and finally The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885), on which he had been working for nearly a decade. Another vein, of historical romance, found expression in The Prince and the Pauper (1882), the satirical A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1889), and Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc (1896), while he continued to draw on his travel experiences in A Tramp Abroad (1880) and Following the Equator (1897). His close associates in these years included William Dean Howells, Bret Harte, and George Washington Cable, as well as the dying Ulysses S. Grant, whom Twain encouraged to complete his memoirs, published by Twain's publishing company in 1885.

For most of the 1890s Twain lived in Europe, as his life took a darker turn with the death of his daughter Susy in 1896 and the worsening illness of his daughter Jean. The tone of Twain's writing also turned progressively more bitter. The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson (1894), a detective story hinging on the consequences of slavery, was followed by powerful anti-imperialist and anticolonial statements such as 'To the Person Sitting in Darkness' (1901), 'The War Prayer' (1905), and 'King Leopold's Soliloquy' (1905), and by the pessimistic sketches collected in the privately published What Is Man? (1906). The unfinished novel The Mysterious Stranger was perhaps the most uncompromisingly dark of all Twain's later works. In his last years, his financial troubles finally resolved, Twain settled near Redding, Connecticut, and died in his mansion, Stormfield, on April 21, 1910.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Samuel Langhorne Clemens (real name); Sieur Louis de Conte
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1835
    2. Place of Birth:
      Florida, Missouri
    1. Date of Death:
      April 21, 1910
    2. Place of Death:
      Redding, Connecticut

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2012

    Cool

    Read it now

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  • Posted March 30, 2011

    amazing

    its was a great book. fantastic sequal to tom sawyer

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2013

    Luve to read

    I remember reading this amazing story with my dad. We realy enjoyed it. I hope that whomever is reading this will read it. To see how interesting

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    Highly simplified

    This abridgment of the classic novel is written at a third grade reading level (which buyers need to know and which is not stated in the description). Because of the highly devolved nature of the plot, many plot points are eliminated. The plot points that remain seldom retain the original flavor, theme or message, and resemble the original in only the broadest manner. This is not an accurate accommodation for those students who are assigned the book in school (probably 9th to 10th grades) but who need lower levels of complexity.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2012

    Review for Huckleberry Finn The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,

    Review for Huckleberry Finn

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, By Mark Twain, was a simple and yet lyrical portrayal of pre-Civil War America. It starts out with a boy- an adventurous, quick-thinking, kind-hearted boy, who possess eyes that can see through the facades of many dishonest, un-virtuous, and incompetent adults around him. He finds himself floating down the grand Mississippi, a young boy making a living in a world of adults. He has many adventures and escapades- the first one leading straight into the next. He manages to escape flee these scrapes by using his razor-sharp wit and talent to lie convincingly.

    While, at first glance, this book is seemingly plotless and pointless, a reader will find many surprising lessons to be learned throought the book. Many times, Huck will be a sole witness to a crook’s wrongdoings and crimes. Even though he fears responsibility, he does his best to expose the crooks for what they really are, sometimes putting his own life on the line to do so. He learns that even though he seeks a life of freedom without consequences, he must own up and accept the penalties for his actions. He begins to understand that if consequences are not accepted, people’s lives can be ruined.


    Admittedly, I did find parts of this book to be disturbing, and even slightly offensive. He portrayed most of his characters as simple-minded, blundering cowardly, and easily fooled. It said more about the writer than the people he was writing about, I think. I sort of got the impression that Mark Twain felt quite cynical towards people in general. When I looked it up, I discovered that towards the end of his life, Mark Twain did become cynical and critical of the human race, due to unfortunate personal loss and financial failure. It was interesting and disturbing at the same time to see how this pessimistic point of view showed through his writing in his novel.


    This book, I would say, is a good read for many Americans. It captures the heart of the American Dream- the desire for freedom without fear of consequence. Even though the writer’s negative feelings towards people showed through in places, it was fun to read the sort of scrapes Huck found himself in, and the bright, original way in which he escaped these sticky messes. In my mind, I sort of viewed Huck as a representation of your average “American Joe”- He’s bright, inventive, and, most importantly, he longs for a life of freedom. I would also like to recommended The Adventures Of Tom Sawyer to anyone who enjoyed this book. It was- in my opinion- much more entertaining, and it did not show the same pessimistic point of view as Huckleberry Finn. however, negative point of view or not, I would definitely give this book 4 stars out of 5.

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  • Posted November 29, 2012

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    what i think of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    The story basically follows the adventures of young Huckleberry Finn and a runaway slave named Jim. Huck is trying to escape has drunken and abusive father, while Jim is trying to escape slavery. Jim is trying to escape being sold down the river, or else he would be separated from his family. There is a moral to this book as Huck slowly learns to love Jim as a friend and not think of the color of his skin. Earlier in the novel Huck is worried about helping a runaway slave and is not sure what he should do. Huck being raised in Missouri, he has been taught that helping a slave run away is one of the worst sins imaginable and that blacks are pretty much worthless except as slaves and property. It takes a while for the truth to come to Huck but he finds that he is determined to help his friend get his freedom, no matter what. Huck ends up risking his own life to do just that. He not only saves Jim, but his own soul too. I didn’t like how the book was very challenging for me to read because of the grammar structure but, it makes the story a lot better and is a pure joy to read and I suggest you read. Just let the story flow and enjoy each word. The dialects used may slow you down a bit at first but they add so much to the meaning to the book. This is a wonderful story.

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  • Posted April 18, 2009

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    You should read this!

    Eight to twelve year old boys and girls will enjoy reading The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. It is very suspenseful when Huck tricks his pap that he is dead. The book is very adventurous when Tom and Jim explore the lake. The story was exciting when Tom and Huck went on an adventure together to save Jim. If you like this book you will also like The Adventures Tom Sawyer.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2008

    A mark twain DISCOVORY

    Amazing! Fantastic!

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