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Tom Sawyer, Detective (Tor Classics) Mass Market Paperback – July 15, 1993

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  • Series: Tor Classics
  • Mass Market Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Classics; Unabridged edition (July 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812530357
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812530353
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.2 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,804,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Bill R. Moore on January 21, 2010
Format: Paperback
Mark Twain's 1876 novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its 1884 follow-up The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn are two of American literature's most famous works and the latter one of its most acclaimed. It may thus seem strange that this 1896 sequel - like Tom Sawyer Abroad, its 1894 predecessor - is now almost obscure. The truth is that this is not entirely undeserved. Huck Finn is a masterpiece of world literature, and anyone expecting this to be anywhere near its level will be sorely disappointed. It lacks the more famous work's seriousness and ambitiousness, making it inevitably minor. However, it is quite interesting on its own minor terms; this means it is not great literature or even pretending to be. However, like nearly everything else Twain wrote, it is eminently readable, very entertaining, and sometimes funny. Fans of Twain's lighter work will love it, and there is something for all to appreciate it. The book is notable for taking the series and its characters in surprising new directions, bringing in some rather dark events and making Tom an unlikely detective hero. Though not a great literary work in other respects, it performs surprisingly well in the latter area. Those eager for more adventures from Tom, Huck, and Jim will certainly warm to it. Like the book that bears his name, this is narrated by Huck with all his delightfully provincial grammar and spelling; "prostitution" for "prosecution" in the court scene is my laugh aloud favorite. His naïveté and ignorance also come into play in skillfully unprecedented ways.

Like most of Twain, this book can be read and enjoyed on several levels. Most simply and obviously, it is a rollicking, picaresque adventure of the sort later classed as Young Adult or Juvenile.
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Most people are familiar with Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, but did you know that there were a couple of other sequels? One was Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894), and the other is this short novel in which Tom Sawyer attempts to solve a mysterious murder, as narrated by Huck Finn. It is a satire of the immensely popular detective novels of the time.
Tom's Uncle Silas, a preacher in Arkansas, is doing poorly because a rich neighbor, Brace Dunlap, wants to marry Tom's cousin Benny, and she said no, so Brace is trying to stir up trouble for Silas, who hires Brace's no account brother Jubiter to work for him in an attempt to smooth things out, although Silas and Jubiter are constantly arguing. Aunt Polly sends Tom and Huck on a steamboat down the Mississippi to help cheer Silas and his family up. On the boat, they meet Jake Dunlap, Jubiter's long lost twin brother who had become a criminal and was assumed to have been killed many years before. He and two other men have robbed a diamond store in St. Louis, and he has sneaked off with the diamonds, but the other two men followed him on to the boat, so he is now trying to escape them. His plan is to go home to his brothers and pretend to be a deaf-mute.
On the day Tom and Huck arrive, Jubiter Dunlap disappears. He later turns up dead, Uncle Silas is accused of killing him, and there is a trial. Will Tom be able to save his uncle from hanging? We did this as a family read aloud, and everyone enjoyed it. In the "Dover Evergreen Classics" edition, the word "nig*er" is replaced by "Negro." I had to do a little further editing because of some common euphemisms and a few instances of taking the Lord's name in vain. There are also several references to tobacco and smoking. Otherwise, this is a fun book. In 1938, the story was made into a movie directed by Louis King, with Billy Cook as Tom and Donald O'Connor as Huckleberry Finn.
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Unlike what might happen with a lesser-known sequel, this tale does not disappoint. Twain's descriptions through the eyes of Huck Finn are rich and believable. The adventure takes twists and is fun to read. I especially enjoyed the boys' perspective and the influence of the supernatural and the macabre on the mystery--as only boys with keen imaginations can bring to an adventure. Also, the story's basis on a true event made it the more entertaining. Just as satisfying as Tom Sawyer or the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, this is a short and pleasant read.
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I read this book in my early teens and enjoyed it a lot. Over the last few months I have been very stressed and I wanted something that made me remember the happier times in my life. Also, I just started using the amazon kindle app on my tablet and this was the perfect read. Now that I'm in my late 30s the adventures of Tom Sawyer were more amusing than fascinating and it was exactly what I needed to hit reset. I didn't want a self-help, melancholy book, just something to make me laugh. This hit the spot ^_^
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Read multiple reviews that listed the best home school reading sets for children. In the top five book sets are the Companion Library set, My Bookhouse, Childrens Hour, and Journeys Through Book Land. This was my son's second long story to read cover to cover. It really helped him develop a love for reading which is my goal.
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By Ted on June 10, 2014
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I am a old man and have been a fan of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn since I was a teenager. I have read and enjoyed other Twain books but Tom and Huck have always been my favorites and I have laughed many times while reading of their adventures. This was my first time reading Tom Sawyer detective and it was good to follow these two characters a little further in their lives. It was a good and fast read, I recommend it to any Tom and Huck fans.
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