- Title – The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- Author – Mark Twain
- Date – 1876
- Genre – Satire, Folk
- Country – United States
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is about a character who is considered to be a menace, a skilled con artist, a daredevil and a faithful friend. The author takes us to the fictional town of St Petersburg, along the Mississippi river, where story unfolds. He had modeled the small town with reference to Hannibal, Missouri where he lived.
Tom is gifted with quick thinking and an amazing intellect. He is high on mischief but also has good intentions at heart. He lives with his Aunt Polly and half-brother Sid. As a punishment, he is ordered to whitewash the fence, however he cons his friend into finishing the job for him in return for small boyish treasures. High on success of this achievement, he trades the new found treasures for Sunday school tickets. The tickets or merits are very hard to come by as one has to memorize the Holy Scriptures. He redeems the tickets for the Holy Bible, leaving everyone including the superintendent flummoxed.
At school, Tom falls in love with the new girl in town, Becky Thatcher. He goes to lengths to win her love however it is short lived as Becky gets wind of Tom’s earlier liaison. Heartbroken and drowned in despair, Tom accompanies his close associate and confidant, Huckleberry Finn to the graveyard at night where they witness a murder. The two, along with another friend, Joe Harper run away to a nearby island. They soak in the new found freedom however they are overcome with guilt when they realize that the community is on a look out for their dead bodies. Tom manages to sneak back into the town and decides to return in order to end relatives’ agony.
Once back, Tom rejoins school and succeeds in winning back Lady Love. The trail for the murder commences, and Tom testifies against Injun Joe, thereby saving the wrongly accused Muff Potter. However Injun manages to escape and Tom fears for his life.
What happens next is a blistering change of events. Tom and Huck learn about hidden treasure in a haunted house. By sheer luck, they chance upon Injun Joe and his accomplice who are holed in the same place. How the two boys trap the goons and claim the treasure forms the climax of this tale. The book is primarily aimed at kids, with all its pranks, wit, high school romance and adventure. Parents too dive in for a trip down the memory lane.