On the banks of the Mississippi River, Tom Sawyer and his friends seek out adventure at every turn. Then, one fateful night in the graveyard, they witness a murder. The boys make a blood oath never to reveal the secret and they run away to be pirates in search of hidden treasure. But when Tom gets trapped in a cave with scary Injun Joe, can he escape unharmed?
Mark Twain (1835–1910), one of the most admired writers of all time, left his indelible stamp on American literature with ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer', published in 1876, and ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn', published in 1885.
Tom Sawyer is an orphan, living with his Aunt Polly on the banks of the Mississippi river, more than a century ago. Instead of playing with PCs and video games, this story is set in a time where children had a lot less material goods, but a lot more personal freedom. Tom and his best friend Huckleberry Finn spend their time playing with frogs, imagining piratical adventures and, occasionally, getting up to no good. However, Tom’s idyllic existence is about to take a more thrilling turn when he and Huck witness a terrible murder…
Trevor White reads this, one of the most-loved books in American literature, and a tale that resonates beyond geographical boundaries. His ease with the accents of the Deep South of America plunges the reader into the sights, sounds and smells of the time. It also serves as reminder of how things have changed. In Tom’s world, slavery is still in existence and attitudes of the time are represented, although not graphically.
Mark Twain’s story of the two school-skipping pals will transport adults back to a more innocent age and thrust youngsters into a world of adventure and suspense. Tom and Huck are free spirits in a world governed by adults and it is refreshing to revisit a world where thrills and adventure seem only a heartbeat away.