Friday, October 14, 2011

Scouring Books: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain

From 1876, this is the little book that's continually under the threat of being upstaged by its literary cousin, Huckleberry Finn, which is considered more important. Maybe, but Tom Sawyer's more fun, and how often does a fun book starring a kid whose feet remain grounded in the real world stand the test of time, aside from Dickens? Tom's the quintessential American youth, and that's what's helped it stick around for so long, helped give Mark Twain his reputation, and inspired disciplinarians everywhere to make sure the culprit actually paints the fence. A book that every kid who can't understand the appeal of books not inspired by the success of Harry Potter can actually enjoy.

Bookshelf status: read.

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