Ages 10 and up
"Saturday morning was come, and all the summer world was bright and fresh, and brimming with life."
So starts Mark Twain's classic tale about a boy's life in a small town on the Mississippi, which has become an all-time favorite both in America and around the world.
Tom Sawyer's mischievous and by now famous exploits-venturing into a nighttime graveyard with his friend Huck Finn, getting lost in a bat cave, tricking his friends into whitewashing a fence-make thrilling reading for all ages. Behind the escapades, though, are darker themes, as young Tom learns some difficult lessons about the often hypocritical rules that govern adult society.