The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy)

The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy)

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Scholastic, 2010

Although much of Mark Twain’s work is generally not read by the elementary school crowd, this wonderful biographical account, inspired by his daughter Susy’s journal writings, may motivate many youngsters to pick up his work in middle or high school. Author Barbara Kerley is the bouncy “voice” of Susy who gives a lively picture of life with her famous father, such as how he came to write a silly poem about the family donkey. Little journal inserts appear throughout the book with quotations from Susy’s own writings, lending the book an authentic air. The bold and energetic artwork seems to match both Susy’s and her subject’s personalities perfectly. Backpage matter includes helpful author’s notes and a timeline, as well as “Instructions on Writing an Extraordinary Biography” and an extensive source list, which could encourage young readers to begin biographies of their own (watch out, parents!). Pair this with The Adventures of Mark Twain by Huckleberry Finn authored by Robert Burleigh for a delightful comparison. 48 pages

Recommended by Ann Mansfield, Librarian

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