The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher
The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher
The Actual & Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher
Becky Thatcher has her side of the story to tell—and it’s a whopper—in this creative spin on Mark Twain’s beloved The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, complete with illustrations.Tom Sawyer’s and Huckleberry Finn’s adventures are legendary, but what about the story you haven’t heard? 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 convinces her new best friend, Amy Lawrence, to join her. But the theft doesn’t go as planned, and Widow Douglas ends up being unfairly accused of grave robbing as a result. So 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, as well as fulfill her promise to Jon in a most unexpected way. That is, if that tattletale Tom Sawyer will quit following her around.

Book Details


  • Adventure
  • Fiction
  • Humor

Age Level: 

  • 8 - 12
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In The Actual and Truthful Adventures of Becky Thatcher, the main character, Becky, is determined to have her own adventures. Accompanied with a bag of marbles her brother Jon, who unfortunately died, gave to her, Becky joins a school bet to steal from the Widow Douglas, the rumored town witch. She becomes fast friends with a girl named Amy Lawrence. Becky and Amy unite and work together to try to steal from Widow Douglas. That’s when the real adventure begins.

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