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Children's LiteratureMark 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.