Wednesday, July 17, 2013


“Wrestling with Tom Sawyer” was sent to me by Zonderkidz, free of charge, in exchange for my honest review.

“Wrestling with Tom Sawyer” is a YOUNG ADULT  fiction book written by L.L. Samson.  It is one in the series called, “The Enchanted Attic”.  Others are “Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Saving Moby Dick”, and “Dueling with the Three Musketeers”.  In this series a group of best friends have found a secret room where they can bring characters from their favorite books (BOOK WORLD) to life (REAL WORLD). Ophelia and Linus are twins and Walter is their best friend.  Ophelia and Walter are extremely smart…Ophelia loves to act all bossy. Linus is just friendly.  They also have another friend, Kyle, who is in a wheelchair.

The children decide, this time, to bring Tom Sawyer to the “Real World”. The first encounter, after they wake Tom, is a fight. Tom wakes up and punches Walter in the nose. Walter, who has had karate lessons, stands his ground. Tom loves his new experiences…like eating a big breakfast, taking a warm bath, and wearing nice clothes.  He also likes Kyle.  He catches on fairly quickly and becomes one of the group.

My favorite thing about this book (being a retired English teacher) is how L.L. Samson uses high falootin’ words and then tells what they mean.  It’s like having an English lesson as you read a fun book…I LOVE IT!! I would’ve used this book for a reading assignment if I’d had it!!

I definitely recommend this book and look forward to reading the whole series!!

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