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Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is a very well-known and popular story concerning American youth. Mark Twain's lively tale of the scrapes and adventures of boyhood is set in his hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, where Tom and his friend Huckleberry Finn have the kinds of adventures many boys can imagine: racing bugs during class, impressing girls (Becky Thatcher) with fights and stunts in the schoolyard, getting lost in a cave, and playing at pirates at the Mississippi river.

One of the most famous incidents in the book describes how Tom persuaded his friends to do a boring, hateful chore for him: whitewashing (i.e., painting) a fence.

Tom Sawyer also appears in three other Mark Twain books - "Tom Sawyer, Abroad", "Tom Sawyer, Detective", and in "Huckleberry Finn".

The story of Tom Sawyer has been made into a motion picture several times, the first was in 1917 starring Jack Pickford as Tom. In the film adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Tom is added as an adult secret agent to add an American character to the English cast of characters.

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