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publisher: Kids Can Press

Mark Twain

An American Star

by Elizabeth MacLeod

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list price: $7.95
edition:Paperback
also available: Hardcover
published: March 2008
ISBN:9781553379096
publisher: Kids Can Press
Description

This book in the Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History series introduces young readers to the famous writer, comedian, world traveler and lecturer. This poor boy born Sam Clemens grew up to write books that changed literature in America and around the world. Celebrated around the world for his humorous writings, Mark Twain often had little to laugh about in his life. He was plagued by financial difficulties, and his wife and three of his children all died before him. Despite these setbacks, he maintained the broadly appealing sense of humor that made him the first American star.

From his Mississippi boyhood, through the Civil War, his years of fame following the publication of Huckleberry Finn, and his business reversals and family tragedies, Mark Twain's story is a fascinating trip through a changing United States. Includes many photos, reproductions of contemporary art and artifacts, newspaper excerpts, a timeline of Twain's life, an index and a list of places to visit.

Contributor Notes

Elizabeth MacLeod has written many children's books, including nine titles in the Snapshots Biography series, numerous titles in the Kids Can Read, Kids Books Of and Kids Can Do It series, Why Do Horses Have Manes?, What Did Dinosaurs Eat?, and Monster Fliers. She lives in Toronto.

Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
Age:
8 to 12
Grade:
3 to 7
Awards
  • Winner, Best Books for Kids and Teens, Canadian Children's Book Centre
Editorial Review

... an engaging introduction ... The text is clever and convincing and the level of detail is perfect for the intended age group ... a solid choice ...—School Library Journal

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Mark Twain: An American Star (Snapshots: Images of People and Places in History)

Meet this late bestselling author (1835-1910) who was the first American celebrity. Find out where he got his ideas and why his writing still entertains and inspires us today. Includes photos, timeline, index and list of landmarks dedicated to Mark Twain.

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2009.

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