Mark Twain You Never Knew, The

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Children's Literature
Mark Twain based much of his writing on his own experiences. Twain said, "Most of the adventures in Tom Sawyer really occurred. One or two of them were my own. But the rest were those of boys who were schoolmates of mine." Mark Twain was not always an author. He didn't publish his first book, The Innocents Abroad, until he was thirty-five. Before Twain was an author, he had many careers. He started as an apprentice to a printer. He worked at a newspaper as a printer for eight years. Then, he got bored. Twain moved on to working on a steamboat. He also took a turn at mining for silver. It was at this time that he began writing articles for newspapers. Twain didn't make very much money as a writer, so he took a turn on the lecture circuit. This was an easy way to make good money. Twain continued to hop on the lecture circuit whenever he needed money. It was in this way that he began to finance his writing career. The book includes chapters on Twain's early years and on his writing years. Colorful pictures, portraits, and an easy to read text makes this non-fiction book a great resource for any school library. 2004, Scholastic Library Publishing, Ages 10 to 14.
—Mindy Hardwick
School Library Journal
Gr 4-8-Collier adds three titles to this inviting series. The style is traditional, beginning with the childhoods of the featured men and covering their lifetime achievements. The author includes the forces that shaped each individual, as well as his strengths and weaknesses. Source notes and suggested titles for further reading are surprisingly scant. Information about personal lives is abbreviated. For example, readers learn about Armstrong's first wife but no others are mentioned except for a picture of his fourth wife near the end. Excellent photographs bring Armstrong and Twain to life. A mix of realistic paintings and reproductions depict Tecumseh's life. Easy-to-read type on spacious white pages may tempt children into reading biographies.-Jean Gaffney, Dayton and Montgomery County Public Library, Miamisburg, OH Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780516244303
  • Publisher: Scholastic Library Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Series: You Never Knew Series
  • Pages: 80
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 960L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Writer's Boyhood 5
Chapter 2 Earning a Living 21
Chapter 3 Roughing It 37
Chapter 4 Writing the Classics 53
Chapter 5 The Masterpiece 65
Time Line 76
Author's Note on Sources 77
Index 78
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