August Books 1) The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain

Must have been decades since I read this; I had forgotten how episodic it is, but it adds up to a sympathetic portrayal of a community from the point of view of a teenager whose active imagination sometimes spills over into reality with dramatic effect. High points for comedy are the two particularly religion-related scenes, the sermon and rthe prize for Biblical knowledge; for human drama, there are the two occasions where Tom’s wandering off base, to the island or to the caves, has serious real-world impacts. I’m a bit surprised that it’s generally remembered as a book for children; it seems more like a book intended to be read aloud by adults in a family setting.