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August 30, 2013

Review: Wrestling with Tom Sawyer by L.L. Samson

Wrestling with Tom Sawyer (The Enchanted Attic #4)
Title: Wrestling With Tom Sawyer (The Enchanted Attic, #4)
Author: L.L Samson
Publisher: Zonderkidz
Publication date: August 6, 2013
Genre(s): Middle Grade (Fantasy)
Source: Publisher 
Format: ARC
Pages: 180
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There's no one under the sun like Tom Sawyer! School is back in session, and all of Kingscross is abuzz with news of a burglar specializing in fine antiques and rare books. Seven Hills Rare Books has battened down the hatches. Meanwhile, preparations are underway for the monthly party, 'Bare Feet and a Straw Hat Never Hurt Anybody.' For the 'evening with Mark Twain, ' Ophelia has set to reading Tom Sawyer, and the gang agrees that the mischievous boy should be brought into Real World. He'd be a refreshing change, much easier to handle, and they could easily pass him off as a student. However, Tom immediately picks a fight with Walter, falls in love with Ophelia, and tries to one-up Linus's scientific discoveries with tales of treasure hunting and cave exploring. When Ophelia is kidnapped by the thief, Tom is determined to save her like he did Becky Thatcher. The question is, will it be too late?
Ophelia and Linus the twins, and their good friend Walter decided that they need another adventure right at the beginning of the semester, and they decided they should bring out Tom Sawyer out of his book. But the twins have an annoying cousin named Cato who plans to do whatever it takes to mess with them. When Cato brings out Injun (pronounced like "engine" ) Joe, a ruthless man who wants revenge so bad he'd kill for it, and has him kidnap Ophelia and Tom, its up to Tom's cleverness and Linus and Walter's quick wits to help Ophelia and Tom escape a (possible) murderer. 
This book is great! Ophelia was a bit annoying in this book, what with correcting every grammar mistake that Tom makes. I understand the problem with people who have horrible grammar, but I would have quickly realized that there was no point in even trying. I kinda dragged my way through the majority of the book, as it was a bit boring with some interesting bits thrown in. Thankfully, the book became more interesting when Ophelia and Tom were kidnapped. 
Nothing except the beginning of the book bothered me. The flow was great, and the writing was nice. I like how the author explains how each character is feeling, but not in a very confusing way. The book is the fourth in a series, and by the way it ended, I'm guessing there will be a 5th, which I'm excited for. I would recommend this series to tweens ages 11-16.


  1. This sounds like a good book that I would be able to get my son to read too. Thanks for sharing it.

  2. This sounds like a great middle-grade adventure! I wonder why Tom would fall in love with Ophelia when she kept doing the annoying stuff like correcting his grammar mistakes. Anyway, it's nice to know that you enjoyed reading the story. Thanks for sharing, Danna!

  3. I've not heard of this book, but I love reading stories with twins involved :) Great review!