One of the world's favorite books, this is the rollicking tale of a boy, a river, and adventures both hilarious and suspenseful. Tom Sawyer is filled with unforgettable scenes and characters: Tom slyly persuading his friends that whitewashing a fence is the best of all possible fun; stalwart Joe Harper and free-spirited Huck Finn; Tom's soulful courtship of Becky Thatcher; the nefarious Injun Joe; and, of course, the discovery of a fabulous secret treasure.
Tom Sawyer is more than great storytelling. With its depiction of life in the South before the Civil War and its colorful portrait of a small-town boy, it is also a remarkable snapshot of its time.
If you'd like to read more about Tom, youshould definitelyread Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, in which he plays a minor part, but there are also two more stories specifically about him, both available for free from Project Gutenberg: Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer Detective.
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