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Lost Boys!

Thomas Sawyer, Joe Harper, and Huckleberry Finn have all gone missing! Last night they disappeared, and no one knows where they are. The general theory is that they went out for a swim late at night and drowned. However, they were acting strange that day, telling people that they'd "hear something." I personally believe that this points to the possibility that the boys had planned something bigger. Search parties have been sent to the area of the Mississippi River, shown below, where they are believed to have gone, but so far they have been in vain. A funeral will be held on Sunday if the are not found. If any hint to the whereabouts of the boys is found, please call the local authorities.

Reporter: Ahmed Ali

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Exclusive Interview with Mark Twain

We have probably all read the new bestseller, Mark Twain's The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. Everyone has questions regarding the book, and I had the pleasure of sitting down with Mr. Twain and asking him some of these questions. So here it is, my exclusive interview with Mark Twain...

Me: 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 always loved Robin Hood as a boy, because I liked the idea of a thief who committed crimes for the good of others. I thought that this would also be an idea that Tom would enjoy, as Tom was somewhat based on me, so I put that in as a pastime for Tom and his friends.

Me: Mr. Twain, in the Preface of your book, it says that Tom himself is drawn from three people from your life. Who were these three people?

Twain: As I said above, I am one of the three boys. Tom was mostly based on me, but some characteristics were taken from my friends John Briggs and William Bowen. The name came from a fireman I knew in San Francisco.

Me: Mr. Twain, the most tense aspect of your new book is, of course, Injun Joe's murder of Dr. Robinson. What was your inspiration for him? Was he drawn from real life?

Twain: The murder in the graveyard was a real life event. However, Tom's experience in the graveyard was not mine. I remember that the murder was big news in Hannibal at the time, and I was utterly shocked when a friend of mine was called to testify.

Me: Thank you for having this interview with me.

Twain: It's always a pleasure.

For more information on Mr. Twain, please see the video below.

Reporter: Ahmed Ali

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