The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Why this book?
The novelist Ernest Hemingway famously said, “All modern American literature comes from one book by Mark Twain called Huckleberry Finn…. There has been nothing as good since.” This was the novel that convinced me that a “children’s book” can also be an adult book. Jim is a runaway slave. He’s also Huck’s best friend. The law says that Huck shouldn’t help Jim escape. But there is a law written in Huck’s heart that tells him he must help him. What happens when the two laws—the written-down law and the law of the heart—conflict? That’s what Huck has to figure out. He’s thirteen years old. But in deciding between what’s legal and what’s moral, Huck becomes the conscience of a nation.