Mark Twain captures a boyhood summer on the Mississippi River, complete with haunted houses, rogue bandits, hidden treasure and schoolyard crushes. It is a simple, rural, dreamlike world, seen through the eyes of a boy who may have been based on the young Mark Twain himself. Tom Sawyer is an adventuresome prankster whose good-hearted and unpretentious nature is infectious and timelessly appealing. Even at the darkest moments in the story, affection and wit permeate the pages of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Twain succeeds not only in entertaining children but also in reminding adults of what we once were as children.
This brief retelling of one of America’s favorite novels captures Mark Twain’s humor and humanity while keeping the language simple and easy to understand.
Original author: Mark Twain
Retold by author: Molly Jackel
Guided Reading Level: Q
Lexile Level: 750