If your child has recently expressed a desire to run away from home, I suggest you wait a bit before handing over this book. Twain’s classic takes the reader on an adventurous, mischievous roller coaster along the banks of the Mississippi River. Huck’s father is about as bad as they come, and as a reader, you root for Huck to break free from his father’s abuse. This classic is packed with lying, cheating, and looting, but it’s not devoid of adventure, and there are plenty of lessons to be learned. It’s a fun, playful read on the surface, but it also oozes commentary on slavery and the Southern Reconstruction after the Civil War, so it’s a good option for older kids as well.