Parents' Guide to

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Twain's classic has humor, suspense, language issue.

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age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

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Educational value
age 8+

Great book

My son had left reading for a while. This book got him back!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3):
Kids say (18):

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer has stood the test of time because Twain's perceptive and humorous portrayal of young boys is so perfect and so universal. Twain's sardonic wit keeps the proceedings from ever seeming precious or teachy; Tom is a realistic character who could exist in any time, and his story is full of engaging slapstick and suspense. Tom Sawyer may offend readers because of the author's use of bigoted language, including the "N" word. But as with Twain's masterpiece, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, readers should keep an open mind to understanding the difference between the worldview of the author and that of his characters.

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