An immortal story of friendship between two boys: the daring, mischeivous and loyal Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn
Read this 19th-century childhood adventure story that confronts the reality of racism in America.
'There comes a time in every boy's life when when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure'
Impish, daring young Tom Sawyer is a hero to his friends and a torment to his relations. For wherever there is mischief or adventure, Tom is at the heart of it. During one hot summer, Tom witnesses a murder, runs away to be a pirate, attends his own funeral, rescues an innocent man from the gallows, searches for treasure in a haunted house, foils a devilish plot and discovers a box of gold. But can he escape his nemesis, the villainous Injun Joe?
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“This classic story will stay with you through life, and always remind you of the things that you knew were important when you first read it”
“Whet juvenile appetites with Tom, his entrepreneurial spirit and his taste for treasure-hunting adventure. A paean to true boyhood”
“The language is hard to begin with but the hero is one of the most endearing in literature”
Michael Morpurgo, Daily Telegraph
“Twain had a gift for reliving the innermost feelings of growing up, the insecurity, fears and hopes that lie beneath the swagger that young boys maintain. He turned them into literature”
“Tom and Huck Finn are as immortal as their swashbuckling friendship”
“So what makes these different to any other set of classics? In a moment of inspiration Random House had the bright idea of actually asking Key stage 2 children what extra ingredients they could add to make children want to read. And does it work? Well, put it this way...my 13-year-old daughter announced that she had to read a book over the summer holiday and, without any prompting, spotted The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas...and proceeded to read it! Now, if you knew my 13-year-old daughter, you would realise that this is quite remarkable. She reads texts, blogs and tags by the thousand - but this is the first book she has read since going to high school, so all hail Vintage Classics!”
National Association for the Teaching of English