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Cracked Classics #2: Mississippi River Blues

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Frankie and Devin have been transported once again, this time to Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The two class troublemakers take delight in meeting their match—Tom is the original school slacker! They follow Tom, Huck, and Joe Harper around, in hopes of finding a lost page of their librarian's book. But they soon discover that all is not so calm on the lazy Mississippi where they witness a murder and join the unruly boys to foil a criminal's scheme.
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Overview

Frankie and Devin have been transported once again, this time to Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. The two class troublemakers take delight in meeting their match—Tom is the original school slacker! They follow Tom, Huck, and Joe Harper around, in hopes of finding a lost page of their librarian's book. But they soon discover that all is not so calm on the lazy Mississippi where they witness a murder and join the unruly boys to foil a criminal's scheme.
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Gr 5-7-Frankie (short for Francine) and Devin, champion goof-offs of Palmdale Middle School, are hiding out to avoid an English test on The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and accidentally lose the school library's prized Mark Twain autograph when it falls through a pair of old security "zapper gates." The two friends know from experience that these gates function as a magical conduit into the plot of any book that gets between them. To recover the signature, they follow it through the gates and find themselves hiding in Aunt Polly's closet with Tom himself. Tom cons them into participating in the famous whitewashing episode, leading Devin to conclude admiringly that Tom is a role model for slackers. Hoping to pick up some tips, the modern friends follow him and Huck Finn through their major adventures. They witness the graveyard murder, run away to the pirate island, attend the fictional duo's funeral, testify at the murder trial, and help rescue Tom and Becky from the cave. In the process, they develop respect for Twain's writing-and, incidentally, for reading in general. Snappy, wisecracking 21st-century dialogue contrasts with the 19th-century speech, which is often drawn almost word for word from the original classic. Reminiscent of Mary Pope Osborne's "Magic Tree House" series (Random), but for an older audience, this affectionate if somewhat irreverent homage would probably win a chuckle from Twain himself.-Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786813254
  • Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children
  • Publication date: 5/1/2002
  • Series: Cracked Classics Series , #2
  • Pages: 144
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.24 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.39 (d)

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Tony Abbott
Tony Abbott

Tony Abbott is the author of over 35 books for young readers, including the extremely popular Droon series, which has sold over 4.5 million books to date. He has been a bookseller and librarian, and currently lives in Connecticut with his wife and two daughters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 19, 2002

    Great Book

    GREAT BOOK BUT NOT AS GOOD AS THE FIRST ONE

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