I can't recall ever reading Twain in grade school at all. In fact I recall very few American authors in any of my english classes. Charles Dickens comes to mind most but then he wasn't American, but that was so long ago. I seem to recall my first reading of Twain was from a paperback I found, probably at Pickwick, The Complete Short Stories of Mark Twain. In college I became rather attached to Roughing It, then of course Huck. About this new version, I find it to be very unfortunate but nothing new. I actually enjoy Mickey Rooney's version.