The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Book Overview

I am currently reading both “Jo’s Boys” and “Redcoats and Rebels” for school. The book I’ve finished for school already is Twain’s “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.” So that is the book I am reviewing now, and I’ll cover the others later.

(May contain slight *SPOLIERS*) The novel is about young Tom Sawyer, a boy who causes a lot of mischief. He lives in a town that has murder, drunk people, etc. The story covers his adventures (it’s in the name), his romance with Becky Thatcher (not inappropriate. The worst that happens is a kiss), and his friends, especially Huckleberry Finn, son of a town drunk.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is not a very hard book to read and understand. Shmoop gave it a 2 on the ‘Tough-O-Meter’ (10 being the hardest). It may be appropriate for the younger crowd if they understand a few things:

1) Tom speaks very improperly. His grammar is not considered proper in current times.

2) There is a guy named “Injun Joe.” He is a slave. I don’t remember if there are any other potentially offensive words for slaves in this book, but slavery is in it.

3) What Tom does is not always wise, proper, or good. He causes a lot of trouble. As long as the kids don’t get any “bright ideas” of turning into Tom Sawyers, it should be okay.

4) *SPOILER* There is a bit of violence. There is a murder, and there is a bad guy (“Injun Joe”) who got lost in a cave and died. There is also a sense of adventure, which could frighten young readers.


Overall, I think it’s appropriate for kids, teens, and adults, but it’s definitely important for a parent to make their own decisions about the book, because they know their child best.



My life has been insane! One of my good friends has been involved with a community theater for awhile now. Every year, they put on ‘The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.’ I had heard a lot about the theater, and she sent me the information about the auditions. I decided I didn’t want to do it. After all, I had seen the movie and did not have a ton of good memories associated with it. Either way, God wasn’t finished with me. One of my favorite teachers mentioned the play, and she also sent out the information for the auditions. I still wasn’t convinced. But, then my teacher somehow convinced the director to come to our co-op to have auditions with kids (and moms!) who wanted to. I finally auditioned, and landed the role of Alice Wendelken.

The experience I’ve had at this theater is fantastic! I didn’t feel at home there for awhile. I only knew a handful of the members of the cast. I also have had embarrassing experiences, some of which weren’t my fault, but looked like it.

I have finally managed to talk to people outside of those people I knew, and have gained a lot of acquaintances. I am already thinking towards next year’s pageant, and am hoping to be in it (hopefully as Alice!) again next year!

I still have five performances to do before I am done, (they multi-cast roles so if I’m not Alice (I’m Alice for two more performances) I am helping out by being an “extra church kid/angel choir member) but hopefully next semester I will be posting more regularly.