Summary of Book
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, revolves around the youthful adventures of the novel's schoolboy protagonist, Thomas Sawyer, whose reputation precedes him for causing mischief and strife. Tom has a large imagination and it usually gets him in trouble, when he sets out on his ridiculously dangerous adventures. Tom lives with his Aunt Polly, half-brother Sid, and cousin Mary in the quaint town of St. Petersburg, just off the shore of the Mississippi River. St. Petersburg is described as a typical small-town atmosphere where the Christian faith is predominant, the social network is close-knit, and familiarity resides.Unlike his brother Sid, Tom receives "lickings" from his Aunt Polly however the mischief-maker, would rather play hooky than attend school and often sneaks out his bedroom window at night to adventure with his friend, Huckleberry Finn, the town's social outcast. Tom, despite his dread of schooling, is extremely clever and would normally get
away with his pranks if Sid were not such a "tattle-tale. The novel takes place in the 1840s and is intensely dramatic in its construction, taking the form of a series of comic sketches based on Tom's exploits. These sketches are linked together by a darker story
that grows in importance throughout the novel - Tom's life-threatening entanglement with the murderer Injun Joe.