By Mark Twain | Grades 11-12 | Lexile 650
At the beginning of the story, Huck lives with his father, Pap Finn, who is a drunk and a terrible father. Eventually Huck moves in with the Widow Douglass, who wants to "civilize" him. He can't stand that, so he runs off, and in his travels, meets a runaway slave named Jim on Jackson's Island. The two hook up and travel together, on a raft down the Mississippi River, having many adventures, including adventures with the king and duke, a couple of con artists. In the end, Jim is set free in Miss Watson's will and Huck plans to take off out west to avoid being civilized by Aunt Sally.