A story of a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. The story is set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, which was inspired by Hannibal, Missouri, where Mark Twain lived.
An imaginative and mischievous boy named Tom Sawyer lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother, Sid, After playing hooky from school on Friday and dirtying his clothes in a fight, Tom is made to whitewash the fence as punishment on Saturday. Tom is disappointed by having to forfeit his day off. but he soon persuades his friends to trade him small treasures for the privilege of doing his work. He trades these treasures for tickets given out in Sunday school for memorizing Bible verses and uses the tickets to claim a Bible as a prize. Tom falls in love with Becky Thatcher, a new girl in town, and persuades her to get engaged. Their romance collapses when she learns that Tom has been engaged before to a girl named Amy Lawrence. Shortly after being shunned by Becky, Tom accompanies Huckleberry Finn to the graveyard at night to try out a cure for warts. At the graveyard, they witness the murder of young Dr. Robinson by the Native-American Injun Joe. Scared, Tom and Huck run away and swear a blood oath not to tell anyone what they have seen. Injun Joe blames his companion, Muff Potter for the crime. Potter is wrongfully arrested, and Tom’s anxiety and guilt begin to grow. Tom, Huck, and Tom’s friend Joe Harper run away to an island to become pirates. While having fun and enjoying their newfound freedom, the boys become aware that the community is sounding the river for their bodies. And the real adventure begins.
Written by Samuel Langhorne Clemens (1835-1910)
American Publishing Company