By: Mark Twain
Reviewer Rating: FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS
Best for: 10 and up
The boy who became a hero by doing what he thought was wrong.
Review by: Kirsten Johnston
Huck is wise in some of the dangers of life, such as alcoholic parents. He is a smart, smooth lier. But in other ways he is innocent, making him an excellent reporter on human folly. If you don’t laugh, you’ve missed the story. If you don’t cry, you’ve missed the message.
The negro dialect is difficult to understand. Although Huck is a glib liar, he is incredibly honest in his observations. There is entertainment on nearly every page but mixed in is plenty of reflections for the reader to consider about her own assumptions of the society she lives in.
Twain uses the “n” word throughout. I read this story to my children and read it as negro instead.
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