St. Petersburg Tribune

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Missing Boys

This week three boys went missing in our very own town, St. Petersburg. These boys are the local trouble makers; Joe Harper, Huckleberry Finn, and Tom Sawyer. There are said to have taken a raft down the Mississippi River and drowned. A funeral will be held this Sunday at the local church. Aunt Polly welcomes anyone that knows Tom, Joe, or Huck. However, we have no witnesses for their story and have only what the police believe to believe true so, if you have any information of the where abouts of these children contact the police right away.

Meet The Author

Reporter: 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?


Mark Twain: I choose the allusion because Tom Sawyer seems like the type of boy that would be interested into a hero that's also a villian, which is who Robin Hood is.


R: While reading your book, I couldn't help but think how realistic this all is, and wondered if this book was based off of real-life experiences. Is it?


MT: Well, most of the stories are based off of what I saw around me as a child like, friends behaviors, adults behaviors and such. But, I do have to say that some of Tom's behavior comes from my own personality.


R: As I was reading your book I was surprised to find Huckleberry Finn as a character. Why did you include Huck as a character in your story?


MT: I thought it would be an interesting way to incorperate one of my hit books into another story so, people who like Huck Finn would also like Tom Sawyer.


R: Thank you for talking with us, Mr. Twain!


MT: The pleasure was all mine.