The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: Book of the Week!


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


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This week’s Thinking in English book of the week is the Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. The book is also available as a graded reader (a book designed to help English learners practice and develop reading skills.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is one of the classic books of 19th century American fiction. Many of the books I read or recommend are by British authors – so I thought it would be good to suggest something American today!

Mark Twain’s book is the story of a young boy as he travels through the USA. Written in the late 19th century, the book contains many references and aspects of the national destiny of the American people.

Let me give you a brief description from Penguin books’ website.

“Someone killed Huckleberry Finn.” Everyone in the village of St. Petersburg will tell you this, but Huck Finn is not dead. He ran away. Now he is traveling down the great Mississippi river. Come with him on his adventures and meet many new people. Some of them are good, but some of them are very bad.

If you enjoy adventure books, perhaps this one will be great for you! It his hilarious, fun, and set in a very different USA to the country we know today. Despite this , the themes of racism and the treatment of African-Americans are still very much relevant today!

This book is also available as a level 2 graded reader (remember the most advanced Penguin readers are graded level 7). This means it is A1+ in the CEFR framework and sentences include a maximum of two clauses. The most difficult grammar is the future tense, present continuous, and comparatives!

If this is too easy for you, why not try reading the original version??

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