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WEEKEND: BOOKS: Follow the adventures of Tom Sawyer; GREAT FAMILY READS.

ON Wednesday the Evening Telegraph continues its fantastic offer for book lovers - with the 10th in our collection of 25 great family reads - the classic Tom Sawyer.

The hardback books offered so far - including The Wind in the Willows, The Jungle Book, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and last week's Grimm Brothers' Fairy Tales - have proved a great hit with readers, and now you can snap up a hardback copy of another favourite for just pounds 3 with Wednesday's paper.

After that, the series continues until you have a collection of 25 hardback books for all the family to enjoy, ranging from kids' favourites to thrillers and romance to sci-fi.

Here we focus on Tom Sawyer and its author Mark Twain.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was the first novel of Mark Twain - the pen name of writer Samuel Langhorne Clemens - and by the time he died, it had become an American classic.

The book tells of the escapades of a young boy living in a Mississippi River town during a summer in the 1840s.

Many of the characters were based on real people that Clemens knew growing up, and the fictional St Petersburg, Missouri, was based on his real-life hometown of Hannibal.

Tom lives with his Aunt Polly, his dead mother's sister, along with his half-brother, Sid, and his cousin, Mary.

Tom's vagabond friend Huck Finn asks Tom to meet him at the cemetery at midnight. While there, the boys stumble upon the murder of Dr Robinson by Injun Joe.

Muff Potter, also part of the gang, is pinned with the crime by Injun Joe. Tom and Huck are the only ones who know the truth.

THE AUTHOR

Samuel Langhorne Clemens - known and celebrated as Mark Twain - was born in Missouri, USA on November 30, 1835.

He lived a rich and eventful life and had many unique experiences before his first book, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, was published in 1867, including stints as a printer, a steamboat pilot, a gold prospector, a journalist in Nevada and San Francisco during the height of the Gold Rush, and a renowned lecturer, known for his storytelling and stage presence.

He was married to Olivia Langdon for 34 years, until her death in 1904, and fathered three daughters - Susy, Clara, and Jean.

Under the pen name Mark Twain, Sam Clemens published more than 30 works of literature. He died in 1910.
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