THE reader may rest satisfied that Tom's and Huck's windfall made a mighty stir in the poor little village of St. Petersburg. So vast a sum, all in actual cash, seemed next to incredible.
With video: Chapter XXXV by Kathy Fleming, Fairytale Town director
Conclusion by McAvoy Layne, Ghost of Mark Twain

HUCK said: "Tom, we can slope, if we can find a rope. The window ain't high from the ground."
With video: Chapter XXXIV by Andrea Corso, Deputy Director, Stand Up
WITHIN a few minutes the news had spread, and a dozen skiff-loads of men were on their way to McDougal's cave, and the ferryboat, well filled with passengers, soon followed. Tom Sawyer was in the skiff that bore Judge Thatcher.
With video: Chapter XXXIII by Kelly Brothers, Financial adviser, media personality
TUESDAY afternoon came, and waned to the twilight. The village of St. Petersburg still mourned. The lost children had not been found.
With video: Chapter XXXII by Rhyena Halpern, Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission executive director
NOW to return to Tom and Becky's share in the picnic. They tripped along the murky aisles with the rest of the company, visiting the familiar wonders of the cave—wonders dubbed with rather over-descriptive names, such as "The Drawing-Room," "The Cathedral," "Aladdin's Palace," and so on.
With video: Chapter XXXI by Cassandra Pye, Sacramento businesswoman
AS the earliest suspicion of dawn appeared on Sunday morning, Huck came groping up the hill and rapped gently at the old Welshman's door. The inmates were asleep, but it was a sleep that was set on a hair-trigger, on account of the exciting episode of the night.
With video: Chapter XXX by Stacey A. Aldrich, State librarian of California
THE first thing Tom heard on Friday morning was a glad piece of news—Judge Thatcher's family had come back to town the night before. Both Injun Joe and the treasure sunk into secondary importance for a moment, and Becky took the chief place in the boy's interest. He saw her and they had an exhausting good time playing "hispy" and "gully-keeper" with a crowd of their schoolmates.
With video: Chapter XXIX by David DeLuz, Greater Sacramento Urban League CEO
THAT night Tom and Huck were ready for their adventure. They hung about the neighborhood of the tavern until after nine, one watching the alley at a distance and the other the tavern door.
With video: Chapter XXVIII by Charles Dukes, Sacramento Bee online advertising manager
THE adventure of the day mightily tormented Tom's dreams that night. Four times he had his hands on that rich treasure and four times it wasted to nothingness in his fingers as sleep forsook him and wakefulness brought back the hard reality of his misfortune.
With video: Chapter XXVII by Elyssa Lee, Co-editor, Sactown Magazine
ABOUT noon the next day the boys arrived at the dead tree; they had come for their tools. Tom was impatient to go to the haunted house; Huck was measurably so, also—but suddenly said: "Lookyhere, Tom, do you know what day it is?"
With video: Chapter XXVI by Sheldon Orviss, KFBK traffic reporter
THERE comes a time in every rightly-constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure. This desire suddenly came upon Tom one day.
With video: Chapter XXV by Cathie Anderson, Bee features editor
TOM was a glittering hero once more—the pet of the old, the envy of the young. His name even went into immortal print, for the village paper magnified him. There were some that believed he would be President, yet, if he escaped hanging.
With video: Chapter XXIV by Gary Pruitt, McClatchy Co. president and CEO
AT last the sleepy atmosphere was stirred—and vigorously: the murder trial came on in the court.
With video: Chapter XXIII by Monica Hernandez, SACOG (Sacramento Area Council of Governments)
TOM joined the new order of Cadets of Temperance, being attracted by the showy character of their "regalia."
With video: Chapter XXII by Cheryl Dell, Sacramento Bee publisher and president
VACATION was approaching. The schoolmaster, always severe, grew severer and more exacting than ever, for he wanted the school to make a good showing on "Examination" day. His rod and his ferule were seldom idle now—at least among the smaller pupils.
With video: Chapter XXI by Jeffrey Callison, Capital Public Radio, host of Insight
THERE was something about Aunt Polly's manner, when she kissed Tom, that swept away his low spirits and made him lighthearted and happy again.
With video: Chapter XX by John Lescroart, New York Times best-selling author
TOM arrived at home in a dreary mood, and the first thing his aunt said to him showed him that he had brought his sorrows to an unpromising market.
With video: Chapter XIX by Molly Maloney Evangelisti, McClatchy Co. board of directors
THAT was Tom's great secret—the scheme to return home with his brother pirates and attend their own funerals.
With video: Chapter XVIII by Richard Hellesen, Sacramento playwright
BUT there was no hilarity in the little town that same tranquil Saturday afternoon.
With video: Chapter XVII by Nancy Teichert, Sacramento journalist
AFTER dinner all the gang turned out to hunt for turtle eggs on the bar. They went about poking sticks into the sand, and when they found a soft place they went down on their knees and dug with their hands.
With video: Chapter XVI by Ron Cunningham, Sacramento Ballet, artistic director
A FEW minutes later Tom was in the shoal water of the bar, wading toward the Illinois shore.
With video: Chapter XV by Patrick Mulvaney, Mulvaney's B&L, chef and owner
WHEN Tom awoke in the morning, he wondered where he was. He sat up and rubbed his eyes and looked around. Then he comprehended.
With video: Chapter XIV by Edie Lambert, KCRA news anchor
TOM'S mind was made up now. He was gloomy and desperate.
With video: Chapter XIII by Beth Duncan, Sacramento jazz singer
ONE of the reasons why Tom's mind had drifted away from its secret troubles was, that it had found a new and weighty matter to interest itself about.
With video: Chapter XII by Kitty O'Neal, KFBK news anchor
THE two boys flew on and on, toward the village, speechless with horror.
With video: Chapter X by Scott Newman, McClatchy High student, Tom Sawyer performer
AT half-past nine, that night, Tom and Sid were sent to bed, as usual. They said their prayers, and Sid was soon asleep.
With video: Chapter IX by Joe Barr, Capital Public Radio news director
TOM dodged hither and thither through lanes until he was well out of the track of returning scholars, and then fell into a moody jog.
With video: Chapter VIII by Carlos Alcalá, Sacramento Bee reporter
THE harder Tom tried to fasten his mind on his book, the more his ideas wandered. So at last, with a sigh and a yawn, he gave it up.
With video: Chapter VII reading by Donna Apidone, Capital Public Radio
MONDAY morning found Tom Sawyer miserable. Monday morning always found him so—because it began another week's slow suffering in school.
With video: Chapter VI reading by Ginger Rutland, Sacramento Bee associate editor
ABOUT half-past ten the cracked bell of the small church began to ring, and presently the people began to gather for the morning sermon.
With video: Chapter V reading by Barbara O'Connor, Professor, media consultant
THE sun rose upon a tranquil world, and beamed down upon the peaceful village like a benediction.
With video: Chapter IV readying by Rivkah Sass, Sacramento library director
TOM presented himself before Aunt Polly, who was sitting by an open window in a pleasant rearward apartment, which was bedroom, breakfast-room, dining-room, and library, combined.
With video: Chapter III reading by Abe Sass, Reader, Sacramento Society for the Blind
SATURDAY morning was come, and all the summer world was bright and fresh, and brimming with life.
With video: Chapter II reading by Joyce Terhaar, Sacramento Bee executive editor
"TOM!" No answer. "TOM!" No answer. "What's gone with that boy, I wonder? You TOM!" No answer.
With video: Tom Sawyer preface by McAvoy Layne, Ghost of Mark Twain
Chapter I reading by Dan Lungren, U.S. representative, 3rd District
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The art of 'Tom Sawyer': Illustrations from the first edition by True W. Williams

More Mark Twain online

Sacramento Public Library
(916) 264-2920
"Sacramento Public Library is thrilled to bring The Adventures of Tom Sawyer to life, both for those who know the story well, and for a brand new generation of Twain readers," said Library Director Rivkah K. Sass." Our goal is to get our entire community reading and talking about this iconic work."

Access Sacramento
(916) 456-8600
Access Sacramento is a nonprofit public service organization and community media hub for Sacramento County. The organization is "making a difference, one story at a time" and invites you to join your neighbors and become a "digital storyteller." Access Sacramento provides tools and training to help you promote the mission of your organization and reach a potential audience of 265,000 Sacramento County households.

For Teachers: The Sacramento Bee Media in Education Project
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Study Guide is available for teachers to use with their students. Get the guide here.

McAvoy Layne
(775) 833-1835
McAvoy Layne is "the ghost of Mark Twain," preserving the wit and wisdom of "the wild humorist of the Pacific slope." He is the author of the soon-to-be-published "Becoming Mark Twain" and winner of the Nevada award for excellence in school and library service. He portrays the ghost of Mark Twain in A&E's biography of Mark Twain and in the Discovery Channel's Cronkite Award winning documentary, "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."

Project Gutenberg
Project Gutenberg offers over 36,000 free ebooks to download to your PC, Kindle, iPad, iPhone, Android or other portable device. The ebooks are free in the United States because their copyright has expired.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Mark Twain
Tom Sawyer
Characters from the book

Learn more about Mark Twain

Autobiography website: "This is Mark Twain"
Video and interactive timeline of Twain's life, 1835-1910
The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley

New York Times
Book review by Garrison Keillor: "The Autobiography of Mark Twain"
Dead for a century, Twain says what he meant

The Mark Twain Papers & Project
The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley
Databases: All known letters written by and to Samuel L. Clemens and members of his immediate family
The Mark Twain Papers contain the private papers of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (Mark Twain) that he himself segregated and made available to his official biographer, Albert Bigelow Paine. Researchers have added letters, manuscripts, a dozen scrapbooks kept by Clemens and his brother Orion, first editions and other rare printings, photographs.

Online exhibit: "Mark Twain at Play"
The Official Web Site of Mark Twain
Read his biography and learn about Twain's early years and his writing career.

Mark Twain quotations
Quotations, newspaper collections and related resources

Twain in the Sacramento Daily Union, 1866
Twenty-five letters from Mark Twain from the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii)

Sacramento Bee
Postal Service unveils a Forever stamp of Mark Twain
Mark Twain experts fired up over Tahoe campsite location
U.S. panel rejects proposal to honor Mark Twain with Tahoe inlet

The Mark Twain House & Museum
The Mark Twain House & Museum is a National Historic Landmark in Hartford, Conn. It was the home of Samuel Clemens (a.k.a. Mark Twain) and his family from 1874 to 1891. It is also where Twain lived when he wrote his most important works, including "Adventures of Huckleberry Finn," "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer," "The Prince and The Pauper" and "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court."

PBS: "Mark Twain," a Ken Burns documentary
See "Mark Twain's Interactive Scrapbook" - "discover the true Mark Twain through his writing and his collection of artifacts." Go behind the scenes with filmmakers Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. Find classroom activities, selected writings and a chronology of Twain's life. Buy the "Mark Twain" DVD.

Mark Twain's Mississippi
This website provides a searchable and indexed digital library of some of Samuel Clemens' publications under the name of Mark Twain, placing special emphasis upon Twain's Mississippi novels and reminiscences: Twain's life and works, interactive maps, video, teacher's pilothouse.
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