Winner of the Prairie Heritage Book Award!
THE ADVENTURES OF JOE HARPER picks up where
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer leaves off. Twenty years after plundering
with Tom, Joe Harper is a failed pirate turned vagabond, wandering
in search of the perfect cave in which to die. What he fi nds instead
is a philosophizing Chinese railroad worker and an Amish woman
fl eeing a forced marriage—a surrogate family that bonds over their
hobo adventures. When the three are arrested and forced to work on
a chain gang, their narrow escape earns them a powerful enemy, until
they are rescued by Tom Sawyer… who just might be the greatest
threat they’ve faced yet. Inspired by Twain’s storytelling, Phong Nguyen
expertly evokes the beloved world of Tom Sawyer and extends Twain’s
savvy commentary to the struggles of Chinese Americans, women, and
outcasts in Reconstruction America.