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The Actual Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher In eleven year old Becky Thatcher is the new girl in town determined to have adventures like she promised her brother Jon before he died With her Mama frozen in grief and her Daddy busy as town

  • Title: The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher
  • Author: JessicaLawson
  • ISBN: 9781481401500
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Hardcover
  • In 1860, eleven year old Becky Thatcher is the new girl in town, determined to have adventures like she promised her brother Jon before he died With her Mama frozen in grief and her Daddy busy as town judge, Becky spends much of her time on her own, getting into mischief Before long, she joins the boys at school in a bet to steal from the Widow Douglas, and Becky convincIn 1860, eleven year old Becky Thatcher is the new girl in town, determined to have adventures like she promised her brother Jon before he died With her Mama frozen in grief and her Daddy busy as town judge, Becky spends much of her time on her own, getting into mischief Before long, she joins the boys at school in a bet to steal from the Widow Douglas, and Becky convinces her new best friend, Amy Lawrence, to join her.Becky decides that she and Amy need a bag of dirt from a bad man s grave as protection for entering the Widow s house, so they sneak out to the cemetery at midnight, where they witness the thieving Pritchard brothers digging up a coffin Determined to keep her family safe and to avoid getting in trouble , Becky makes Amy promise not to tell anyone what they saw.When their silence inadvertently results in the Widow Douglas being accused of the graverobbery, Becky concocts a plan to clear the Widow s name If she pulls it off, she might just get her Mama to notice her again and fulfill her promise to Jon in a most unexpected way if that tattle tale Tom Sawyer will quit following her around.Cover by Iacopo Bruno

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    1. Bailey on said:

      I kept my eyes down and picked at the scab on my knee, afraid to look up at her. Gently, she cupped my chin in her hand and tilted my head up to meet hers. "You leave that scab alone, you hear me? Keep picking and picking at something like that, making it bleed over and over, and your whole leg will be ruined. Knees and hearts take enough bruising from life as it is. They ain't meant to be beat up by your own self." -Miss Ada To be truthful, I was very hesitant going into this book. It is very r [...]

    2. Pop Bop on said:

      A Rollicking Tale; the Tom Sawyer Angle Is A BonusSo, there seem to be two ways to go with popular public domain book characters. You can try to recreate them and produce authentic continuations of their stories. Or, you can start with their general features and then improvise your way to new interpretations. The first path is the harder of the two because you have to get voice, plot, narrative style and a zillion tiny details just right. The best example of this that I've seen recently is the " [...]

    3. Isaiah Campbell on said:

      Ask me to list my top five authors, and any day of the week the names will generally change. Except for one. Mark Twain.Probably the most influential book I ever read as a kid was The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, followed by The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and then (because I believe in reading thoroughly, doggone it) Tom Sawyer Abroad and Tom Sawyer, Detective.So when I heard that there was going to be a book from the yet-untold-perspective of Becky Thatcher, I hopped on that like a frog from [...]

    4. Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries) on said:

      See more of my reviews on The YA Kitten! My copy was an ARC I received from the publisher via Edelweiss.I haven’t read ten words of a Mark Twain novel in my life, but like a lot of other Americans, I know a good bit about The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Adventures of Huckleberry Finn thanks to them being considered classics. More than a few people get the reference of Tom tricking other people to paint the white fence for him when it comes up in pop culture. A reimagining of these characters [...]

    5. Anna (Curiosity comes before Kay) on said:

      I have to admire Jessica Lawson's ingenuity. As both a fanfic author and reader, I can more than respect a well thought-out "what-if" scenario. So, the switch in the personalities of Sid and Tom, along with the inclusion of Sam Clemens would have been more than enough to draw me in as a potential reader. Add in the fact that Becky Thatcher is actually the mischievous protagonist in this one, with Tom and Sid as side-characters, and you have me hooked like a large-mouth bass! Even with all of tha [...]

    6. Ms. Yingling on said:

      Becky and her family have moved to St. Petersburg, Missouri, to start over following the death of her brother Jon from an undetermined wasting disease. Her father, a judge, is very concerned with the Pritchard brothers, criminals who are terrorizing their area, but also worries that Becky is getting into all sorts of trouble. And she is. Having made a pact with her brother, she is determined to have all of the adventures that Jon can't have, and wears his clothes in order to feel close to him. S [...]

    7. Becky on said:

      I was surprised by how much I LOVED The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher. I think the timing was just right for me to love it. Becky Thatcher is new in town. Her father is a judge. Her mother is a mess. To be fair, her mother is grieving the loss of her son, Jon. Becky and her father miss him too, of course. But. Her mother is deeply stuck in a very dark and melancholy place. Becky has her own way of dealing with her loss. For one, she likes to put on her brother's clothes, tak [...]

    8. Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney on said:

      The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky ThatcherLawson, Jessica. Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher. Simon & Schuster For Young Readers, 2014. PrintA copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review. This review is also posted on Get Kids to Read: mrtierneyslibrary Jessica Lawson's The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher, takes the classic Mark Twain characters from Tom Sawyer and spins a new tale that is very well done. Becky Thatcher is new in [...]

    9. B on said:

      I listened to this book instead of reading it, which I highly recommend. The reader, Tavia Gilbert, could not have done a better job at capturing the spirit of lively and imaginative Becky Thatcher, as well as the core of the many other characters in this book.Which is a wonderful reimagining of how Samuel Clements came to write Tom Sawyer in the first place. Becky, new to the town, with a mother unattentive due to her grief from the death of Becky's older brother, and a father very busy as the [...]

    10. Amanda on said:

      This book started out slow for me but once I was hooked, she had me! I love the alternative tale and perspective of Becky & Tom. This book also deftly handles the topic of grief which I didn't expect but do appreciate.

    11. Robert Kent on said:

      First Paragraph(s): My left leg twitched at the tickle of another night-boy. Hidden by the wide trunk of a river sycamore, I shifted in my crouch and reached a hand inside Jon’s overalls to trap and smack the creeping skitter. Darn things had been a considerable nuisance since I settled myself along the Mississippi to have a look-see at the grounded steamboat and its crew. The men had piled onshore and hauled sitting logs from the brush while I played at them being pirates and me being a stowa [...]

    12. Rosita Alfieri on said:

      Appena trasferitasi in una nuova cittadina a ridosso del fiume Mississippi, la giovane Becky sogna di vivere una grande avventura in onore del fratello venuto a mancare l'estate prima. E quale migliore avventura che rubare dalla casa di una vedova che tutti i ragazzi della città sono convinti essere una strega? L'unica cosa che gli manca per affrontare questa impresa è la terra presa dalla tomba di un uomo, in un cimitero durante la mezzanotte. Ma quello che Becky e la sua amica Amy vedranno q [...]

    13. Akoss on said:

      Jessica Lawson's writing is so good. It pulls you in the story and you are right there next to the characters, which means you totally forget you're reading/listening to a story.Becky's voice is loud, bold and full of mischief. Becky lives life as if there is no tomorrow and takes you on wilds and sometimes downright dangerous adventures.I also love how at the chore this is also a story about family and dealing with the passing of a very much loved one. I didn't want the story to end and kind of [...]

    14. T on said:

      A fun adventure told from another feisty, spunky, adventure-loving girl. Lawson imagines that perhaps Mark Twain (aka Sam Clemens) really was writing about the adventures and escapades of Becky Thatcher, not snot-nosed, tattle-tale, goodie-two-shoes Tom Sawyer. A funny alternate-"history" based on characters we recognize, but not a story we do. Becky Thatcher is determined to live up to the promise she made to her brother Jon before he died - to have the adventures he no longer can - and to get [...]

    15. Todd on said:

      Wow. I loved the concept, and while its not executed perfectly, it's close enough. I still can't wrap my head around that whole (view spoiler)[Jessica's Tom=Mark's Sid (hide spoiler)] personality thing but I whole-heartedly recommend this book for Twain fans and well, humans in general.

    16. Tami on said:

      I liked a lot of moments in The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher. The author's decision to portray Becky Thatcher (the classic character from Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer) as a bold and daring spitfire of a young girl in 19th Century America is perfect. Becky's character is well-defined and three-dimensional in thought and feeling. In Twain's classic she is a secondary figure--primarily a nuisance--to Tom Sawyer. She truly comes into her own in Lawson's re-imagining. B [...]

    17. Becky Ginther on said:

      I enjoyed reading Tom Sawyer when I was younger and as a fellow Becky I've always been partial to Becky Thatcher, so I was definitely interested in reading this book. It takes the characters from Tom Sawyer that you know but twists things around - kind of like those twisted fairy tale books that are really popular, but a twisted classic.In this version Becky is the mischievous troublemaker who loves going out on adventures, and Tom Sawyer is the goody two-shoes who always tattles on her. Sam Cle [...]

    18. BAYA Librarian on said:

      What if it was really a tomboyish Becky Thatcher – and not Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn – who actually had all the adventures? Lawson brings Becky, new “bosom” friend (not rival) of Amy Lawrence, to a Mississippi town a year after her brother Jon dies and just as writer and boat captain Samuel Clemens swings in. She guides Amy in the fine craft of waking up late, stalking the town “witch” to win a bet against some boys, and carefully avoiding (or escaping) the thieving Pritchard br [...]

    19. Courtney on said:

      Becky Thatcher is a cherry spittin', overall wearing, bold young girl who is as superstitious as she is a darn good friend. She throws spitballs at Tom Sawyer for being a goody-goody, and sneaks out of her house in the dead of night to meet the notorious Old Widow "witch" of the neighborhood. Known for her mischief, Becky has a promise to keep to her deceased brother Huckleberry: to go on wild adventures with his marbles in her pocket. But what happens when Becky's adventures meet the Pritchard [...]

    20. Angie on said:

      Becky Thatcher has just moved to St. Petersburg, MO. The family is grieving the death of her brother Jon. Mrs. Thatcher has withdrawn almost completely from her family and Judge Thatcher has thrown himself into work. Becky is determined to honor her promise to Jon and have as many adventures as possible. She becomes friends with Amy Lawrence and Sid Sawyer almost immediately. She also makes an enemy of Tom Sawyer when he tattles on her and gets her in trouble. Becky takes part in a bet the boys [...]

    21. Laura Schmigel on said:

      Audio book. Becky's adventures are enjoyable for any fan of Mark Twain's tales of children growing up in and around the imaginary St. Petersburg, Missouri. Many of the children are quite different from Twain's characters, often swapping personalities. I waited long for the appearance of Huckleberry Finn and was satisfied with the results. Becky's family has moved to town in an attempt to leave behind the pain of her older brother Jon's death. Several of the characters deal quite honestly with si [...]

    22. melissa1lbr on said:

      Things I Liked:I thought this was a really fun way to retell Tom Sawyer. Lawson has kind of flipped the story on its head and imagined what it might be like to have Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) seeing real people and writing them into a story, but getting things all muddled up. I love how Tom and Sid are pretty well switched up. Even though this kind of bothered me at first, it was fairly humorous. Also, I loved Becky. She was a handful and her adventures, as a girl in that time, were so great. S [...]

    23. Rachel on said:

      Some of you might know who Tom Sawyer is. If you don't, you might at least recognize the name. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, a story about a young boy in St. Petersburg, Missouri, was written in 1876 by former steamboat pilot, Mark Twain. The author of this story, Jessica Lawson, takes the setting and characters from the original story and creates her own version of events. This is most often called 'fan fiction,' and it's something you can do with your favorite stories too! Especially if it's a [...]

    24. We Are All Mad Here on said:

      Cute book, excellent idea, well executed."If I stay out any longer, people might start thinking I fell in the river and drowned. Miss Ada would be awful sad at my funeral. Come to think of it, not too many people get to see their own funeral. Might be worth an extra couple of days."His eyes twinkle. "Isn't that an idea? Visiting your own funeral." He took out his notebook and jotted something down.An imagined precursor to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The A [...]

    25. Ms.Gaye on said:

      When Simon & Schuster shared this ARC with me, I could hardly wait to get startedd it didn't disappoint! It was a delight - from the attractive and befitting cover to the hint of future risks and investigations on the last page!Becky Thatcher is the mischievous and spunky daughter of the newly appointed judge in St. Petersburg, MO, a town situated along the west bank of the Mississippi River. The year is 1860. Three days after arriving in town, Becky meets Sid Sawyer, Tom Sawyer’s half-bro [...]

    26. LCL Children'S on said:

      After her brother died, Becky's father, Judge Thatcher, decided that the family needed a new start in St. Petersburg, Missouri. The problem is, Becky's mother is still holding on to her grief, leaving Becky mostly to her own devices -- and Becky's response is to become to most audacious little scamp ever to roam the banks of the mighty Mississippi! From throwing spitballs to sneaking into a witch's house to tracking down wanted criminals, there's nothing Becky will stop at -- even when it puts h [...]

    27. Carol Royce Owen on said:

      I chose to read this book because it's on the Vermont Dorothy Canfield Fisher booklist for the 2015-2016 school year. As I often do, I got an audio version so I could listen to it while driving back and forth to school. I wanted to like this book, and usually the audios hold my attention, but unfortunately, this one did not. I got annoyed by the heavy southern accent of the reader, which often times reminded me of Dolly Parton in 9 to 5, but beyond that, I felt like this was just one more "fract [...]

    28. Kimberly on said:

      This book is a fun-filled, rollicking romp of adventure! Wow! Becky Thatcher is one fearless, spunky, and quick on her feet kind of a girl and a tomboy through and through. She is also feisty, fun, compassionate, and struggling with the withdrawal of her mother from society, and from her, while dealing with the loss of her brother in the best way she knows how. The story takes place in the fall of 1860 and is the authors take on how Mark Twain's THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER could have been inspi [...]

    29. Robin Herrera on said:

      Maybe you, like I, wondered about Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn when I read their respective adventures. Maybe you, like I, wondered why Tom Sawyer even showed up at the end of Huck's story. Maybe you, like I, would enjoy THE ACTUAL & TRUTHFUL ADVENTURES OF BECKY THATCHER.If you're also a fan of adventurous novels and unique voices, this book is definitely for you. As a fan of Mark Twain's original books, I enjoyed all the nods and hints that Lawson included throughout the book. I also liked the [...]

    30. Chelsea Couillard-Smith on said:

      In this reimagining of the classic Tom Sawyer story, Tom is relegated to the role of supporting character (and a suck-up tattletale at that) while spunky, adventurous Becky Thatcher, her friend Amy, and Tom's half-brother Sid embark on a series of small-town escapades. Debut author Lawson captures the spirit of Twain's original story and even his way with language while creating an accessible, engaging narrative for elementary school readers. Becky arrives with a detailed backstory and fully-rea [...]

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