The Million Pound Note by Mark Twain

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The Million Pound Note is a novella written by American writer Mark Twain and published in 1893. It tells the adventures of Henry Adams, an American boy who is an impoverished clerk in London. Two rich brothers in London made a bet to lend Henry an uncashable million-dollar note to see how he would wind up in a month. Instead of starving or being arrested, Henry became rich and won the heart of a beautiful lady. This article reproduces the satire and humor in the master’s novels with slightly exaggerated artistic techniques and exposes the money-worship ideology in the early 20th century.

At the beginning of the novel, Henry floats too far out to sea in his small sailboat. When he arrived in London, Henry had no one with him. After using up his last dollar, he was left without food and clothing. While Henry loitered hungrily in Portland Square, a child threw a pear with a bite thrown into the gutter. Henry stared hungrily at the muddy treasure, drooling. Just as the reader was nervous that Henry was about to grab the “treasure”, “Please come in” — just five short words, like a bolt from the blue, released the reader’s nerves. Henry’s life changed.

The young man in the novel is a true portrayal of Mark Twain. In Nevada, Mark Twain was a journalist in Virginia City, Nevada’s gold and silver region. Mark Twain was not immune to the gold rush, and he was sensitive to rumors and new opportunities. At that time, many miners who had discovered gold and silver mines were selling their shares in New York City to raise money, and Mark Twain invested all his savings, and even all his royalties, in buying silver mines.

-Coreen C.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. It’s one of those classic books that everyone has to read.

Tom Sawyer, is a young boy with wild dreams who just can’t sit still. School to him, is just torture and, as soon as he gets out he decides he wants to go be a pirate with Huckleberry Finn one of the local boys as well as Joe, another local boy.  They spend days adventuring the island and having fun until, they decide to surprise the town and come back.

Once they come back, there is a big murder case about the death of Dr. Robinson. It was either Injin Joe or Muff Potter. The thing nobody knows, is that Tom and Huck where there is witness it all. I’d say this is my favorite part of the book with questions burning up inside of me like, will they tell court who really did the murder or will the right person get arrested? After it all, the right person gets arrested but, the other runs away!

You’d think after all this, Huck and Tom would have had enough adventuring for awhile but, nope. They decide they want to look around the island for buried treasure.

Then Tom goes on a trip out to the cave with his class. But, being Tom he convinces Becky, his love interest, to stay with him after the trip is over and explore the cave. But, they get lost.

This book, weaves a murder case with a murderer on the loose with with the tale of Tom, a restless kid from the 1800’s. It really shows you what it would be like to live in the 1800’s.  I would really recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an adventure book. Though, the book does have some words that are not used often anymore so, it can be a little stretch for the brain to figuire out what everything means. But, personally I think its just part of the fun of reading this book.

-Ava G.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It can also be downloaded from Hoopla

Book Review: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

tom_sawyer_coverIn the classic novel The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, you learn a valuable lesson about always valuing the people you love.

Tom Sawyer has many adventures along the Mississippi River! In this book, you see the life of a school boy he lives with his aunt. Tom is always getting beaten both in school and out of school so he decides to run away. He runs away with his friends Huck Finn and Joe Harper and they arrive back home just in time for their own funeral! In addition to that, they witness a murder and discover treasure that nobody could even imagine at that time! Tom also falls in love with a girl named Becky Thatcher. Although she plays a minority in the story compared to Tom, she takes up a very big part in Tom’s heart.

I would personally recommend this book to advanced readers or people that are the age fourteen and up, and students that are in eighth grade or ninth grade. There are some parts they may be a bit confusing because of the slang they used back in that time period. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a classic and it has to be on your must read list!

-Melika R., 8th grade

Book Review: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

tom_sawyer_coverThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a great book to read for anyone who loves classic stories.  It is about a naughty boy named Tom doing a lot of mischievous tricks and risky adventures. He has a brother named Sid and a sister named Mary. Aunt Polly, who takes care of Tom, loves him even though he is a firebrand. Huckberry Finn, whose nickname is Huck, is Tom’s best friend as well as the partner in all of his adventures.

One of Tom’s crazy adventures is when he and his friend were in a graveyard trying to revive a dead person with a dead cat at midnight. Before they begin their process they see three men, Muff Potter, Dr. Robinson, and Injun Joe in the same graveyard. They quickly hide behind the bushes because they do not want to be seen by the three men. Instead, they witnessed Injun Joe murder Dr. Robinson for revenge, and then Injun Joe accuses Muff Potter for the crime. So scared, Tom and Huck run to a shed and complete a blood oath that they will never talk about the crime scene to anyone or they will die and rot.

Besides going on adventures, Tom also likes to tricks the children to do his white washing (putting new coat of paint on his aunt’s fence) and trade his trinkets for the tickets that can be used to trade in for the Bible to impress the new girl, Becky Thatcher– when a student receives a Bible, it shows others that they had been a good student.

I think teenagers today are going to like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Even though this book is a classic, there are still some naughty teenagers and they might want to read about how kids were in the 1800s.

– Samantha S., 6th grade