St. Petersburg News

Tom Sawyer, Joe Harper and Huck Finn are missing 5/15/1820

Lost Boys!

Attention citizens of St.Petersburg! Tom Sawyer, Joe Harper and Huck Finn are missing! They were last seen going to bed yesterday night and were not in their beds this morning. All of the boys are about 5 foot 4 inches and have brownish hair. They are all adventurous and most likely went out on the river last night. The families are all very upset so if you think you see the boys please return them to their families immediately!

Interview with Mark Twain

Mark Twain Interview about "Tom Sawyer"

Interviewer: Mr. Twain, in your new book, I enjoyed your allusion to Robin Hood when the boys were playing games on the island. Why did you choose that particular allusion?

Twain: "I chose this allusion to show a sense of adventure in the boys personalities."

Interviewer: What was your favorite story in your book to relive?

Twain: "I really liked to write and relive the scene of the boys escaping away to the island. It brought back great memories of experiencing freedom and adventure."

Interviewer: Does writing the scary/depressing scenes in your story still affect your emotions?

Twain: "Yes, even though I had these experiences a while back, some scenes in my story still scare me today. They remind me of the sad or scary times I had in my childhood."