The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

mass market paperback, 298 pages

English language

Published Dec. 19, 2002 by Signet Classics.

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Take a lighthearted, nostalgic trip to a simpler time, seen through the eyes of a very special boy named Tom Sawyer. It is a dreamlike summertime world of hooky and adventure, pranks and punishment, villains and first love, filled with memorable characters. Adults and young readers alike continue to enjoy this delightful classic of the promise and dreams of youth from one of America’s most beloved authors.


He has no mother, his father is a brutal drunkard, and he sleeps in a barrel. He’s Huck Finn—liar, sometime thief, and rebel against respectability. But when Huck meets a runaway slave named Jim, his life changes forever. On their exciting flight down the Mississippi aboard a raft, the boy nobody wanted matures into a young man of courage and conviction. As Ernest Hemingway said of this glorious novel, “All modern American literature comes …

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4 stars

Inspired to pick this up as a primer before reading Percival Everett's James.

Twain's writing breathlessly draws you along the intertwined story arcs for Tom and Huck with a flair for pace and effortlessly delivered cheek. The setting follows life along the Mississipi in the mid 19th century and is inescapably awash with reference and attitudes to slavery. These would not be the same stories without this ever present factor, and the reader may struggle to balance the pure joy of the heroes' exploits with how they themselves interpret the world as protagonists very much of their time.


  • Sawyer, Tom (Fictitious character) -- Fiction
  • Finn, Huckleberry (Fictitious character) -- Fiction
  • Runaway children -- Fiction
  • Child witnesses -- Fiction
  • Male friendship -- Fiction
  • Fugitive slaves -- Fiction
  • Race relations -- Fiction
  • Boys -- Fiction
  • Mississippi River -- Fiction
  • Missouri -- Fiction