Tom Sawyer is an action packed and exciting book by Mark Twain. Tom is a crafty and witty character, who is afraid of nothing. He can always seem to get out of trouble, no matter the circumstances. His aunt says that she will beat him, But Tom always seems to get out of it by tricking her. He skips school and when his aunt asks what he did, he has to make things up. He fights boys, one on one, and in pretend wars, where a gang of boys fights another gang. They then count up the "dead" to see who wins, and plan for the date of the next battle.
Tom's aunt gives him plenty of chores around the house, but Tom tricks his friends into doing them for him. One example of this is in chapter two, when Tom tricks his friend Ben into whitewashing the fence by saying how great and fun it is. By then Ben is so intrigued by how fun Tom makes it seem, that he gives him his apple to do Tom's chores. Once Ben is done he gets some of his friends to do it as well, telling them how wonderful it was. By the end of the day, Tom has amassed an army of treasures for the right to whitewash the fence.
Not everything goes Tom's way. For instance, when he is walking he sees a little girl, and immediately falls for her. He then proceeds to show off for her so as to gain her affection, and later that night, sits under a window to wait for her to come out. The maid dumps the chamberpot remnants on his head, and Tom goes home dejected. His mischievous acts make you want to continue to read the book.