- Author: Mark Twain
- Year: 1884
- Famous for: Larger-than-life characters, a searing message about slavery, and language that may make you uncomfortable (so check out Recap 5).
- Main character: Huck Finn, a boy with a knack for getting into (and out of) a whole lot of trouble.
School’s a snooze-fest, your parents are getting you down, and all those rules and responsibilities are feeling like a drag. What do you do? You fake your own death, hook up with an escaped slave, and raft your way down the Mississippi River, naturally!
Ah, if only escape were so easy. Well, it is if you take your cues from the main character in Mark Twain’s book, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. 13-year-old Huck Finn doesn’t have it all figured out, but he knows enough to keep Jim, the escaped slave, safe, and to survive all the dangers that the Mississippi River offers up—including convicts, scam artists, and a dangerous wrong turn.
Along the way, Huck even manages to get a decent education. Which is definitely what you’ll get if you read Huck Finn. For Twain, at least, the biggest adventure was getting his readers to start thinking for themselves.