Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, the predecessor to his masterpiece The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, has charmed readers since its publication, and remains a literary darling with its astute and witty insights into the peculiarities of human nature. Our titular narrator is a mischievous, yet inherently lovable, boy who delights in his childhood antics, such as boycotting school and outwitting his Aunt Polly. Growing up in an 1840’s St. Petersburg, located on the Mississippi River, has afforded Tom the chance to engage in a series of adventures, including meeting Huckleberry Finn, with whom he witnesses a murder in a deserted graveyard. But before that, there is an ingenious fence whitewashing, and an ardent love blossoming between Tom and the beautiful Becky Thatcher. As Tom undertakes a grand scale of exploits, he attends his own funeral, gives testimony to halt an innocent man’s prosecution, and hunts for treasure in the entangled maze of McDougal’s cave. A truly exuberant and joyful romp, Twain’s novel continues to be shelved as a literary classic, well loved as a cheerful tribute to a brave and canny boy.