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The Christy-award winning author of Christianity Today’s Novel of the Year Quaker SummerLisa Samson has been hailed by Publishers Weekly as one of the “most powerful voices in Christian fiction." She lives in Kentucky with her husband and three kids.
L.L. Samson Revitalizes the Tale of Tom Sawyer in the Newest Book in 'The Enchanted Attic' Series

L.L. Samson Revitalizes the Tale of Tom Sawyer in the Newest Book in 'The Enchanted Attic' Series

(May 1, 2013)

What would happen if Tom Sawyer were around today? Twins Ophelia and Linus (with their friend, Walter) find out in L. L. Samson's fourth book in The Enchanted Attic series, WRESTLING WITH TOM SAWYER (Zonderkidz; $7.99; August 2013).

Throughout the series, the teens have taken on some of the most challenging characters of literature past. But they are not prepared for what confronts them when they summon Mark Twain's boisterous and mischievous young protagonist from his classic 1876 novel, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

When several items go missing, including jewelry, from Aunt Portia and Uncle Augustus' monthly party, the trio decides to hunt for the missing treasures themselves. They search in the secret tunnel beneath their school. Having read about Tom Sawyer's knowledge of caves in Twain's book, Ophelia suggests bringing the character along. She thinks he'll be a fun and helpful guide.

The quest turns dangerous, however, when they encounter more than the stolen jewels - an ancient wedding gown and none other than Tom Sawyer's nemesis, Joe, from the Twain novel! How did he get down there?

The danger mounts as the dark tunnel turns even more menacing when it becomes more and more narrow. Will the friends uncover the truth behind these mysteries and get out safely before it's too late for Tom to get back to The Book World?

Samson writes another remarkable story that reimagines how Mark Twain's fictional hero would survive in today's world. WRESTLING WITH TOM SAWYER sparks readers' imaginations and inspires them to further explore the themes of the original book.


L. L. Samson is the author of several books, including the Christy Award-winning novel, Songbird. In 2012, she debuted The Enchanted Attic series with Facing the Hunchback of Notre Dame, followed by the second book, Saving Moby Dick and this year's Dueling with the Three Musketeers. She lives with her husband in Lexington, Kentucky.

Praise for L.L. Samson's 'The Enchanted Attic' Series

"[Samson's] writing is reminiscent of Roald Dahl's style."-School Library Journal

"[Saving Moby Dick] is generously infused with animating elements of mystery, romance and comedy-plus a particularly lively and diverse supporting cast of grown-ups."-Kirkus

"A feast for middle-grade book lovers."-Publishers Weekly

"[Samson] is in the midst of writing a wonderfully arch yet educational series."

-Lexington Herald-Leader




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