A Brilliant Streak: The Making of Mark Twain

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In this beautifully illustrated biography, Mark Twain’s adventures as a young boy come to life. Before Samuel Clemens became a famous author, he enjoyed one of the longest childhoods in history. From playing hooky in Hannibal, Missouri, to piloting steamboats on the Mississippi River, Mark Twain’s adventures as a youth influenced his entire life and figured prominently in his writing. Focusing on the first half of Clemens’s life, this book will be enjoyed by longtime Twain devotees--and by those who seek a colorful introduction to the ever-popular author and his works.

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KATHRYN LASKY's many books for young people have received such honors as the Parents' Choice Award, the National Jewish Book Award, and a Newbery Honor citation. Her picture books include The Emperor's Old Clothes, illustrated by David Catrow; A Brilliant Streak: The Making of Mark Twain, illustrated by Barry Moser; and Marven of the Great North Woods, illustrated by Kevin Hawkes. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. <br>www.xensei.com/users/newfilm/homelsk.htm

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Grade 4-7?Lasky tells of Mark Twain's youth with the same adroit humor that typified this literary icon. Relating accounts of her subject's childhood to characters and episodes from his stories, she creates a biography that will appeal to young readers and imparts her own enthusiasm for Twain's writing. In picture-book format, she covers the writer's life up to the night of his first public lecture, in San Francisco, from which day his fame was secured. The author uses enough direct quotes and attributions in her text to make the fictionalizing seem slight and authoritative. Unfortunately, when dealing with the issue of slavery and racism, she seems to need to justify Twain to such an extent that she summarizes with a broad absolvement that is far too simplistic, even for a young audience. Every spread is illustrated by one of Moser's artful watercolors, picturing characters and scenes from real life or from one of Twain's stories (sometimes this muddles the line between fact and fiction in a way that will confuse readers). While most of the illustrations are lovely, their subjects and composition may lack child appeal. For the most part, this biography is intelligently and appealingly written. Where it is thin, it can be supplemented with other works, and should find its own useful place in many collections.?Nina Lindsay, Vista School, Albany, CA
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