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The Trouble Begins at 8
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The Trouble Begins at 8
A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West
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Mark Twain was born fully grown, with a cheap cigar clamped between his teeth. So begins Sid Fleischman's ramble-scramble biography of the great American author and wit, who started life in a Missouri village as a barefoot boy named Samuel Clemens. Abandoning a career as a young steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River, Sam took a bumpy stagecoach to the Far West. In the gold and silver fields, he expected to get rich quick. Instead, he got poor fast, digging in the wrong places. His stint as a sagebrush newspaperman led to a duel with pistols. Had he not survived, the world would never have heard of Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn—or red-headed Mark Twain. Samuel Clemens adopted his pen name in a hotel room in San Francisco and promptly made a jumping frog (and himself) famous. His celebrated novels followed at a leisurely pace; his quips at jet speed. "Don't let schooling interfere with your education," he wrote. Here, in high style, is the story of a wisecracking adventurer who came of age in the untamed West; an ink-stained rebel who surprised himself by becoming the most famous American of his time.

Mark Twain was born fully grown, with a cheap cigar clamped between his teeth. So begins Sid Fleischman's ramble-scramble biography of the great American author and wit, who started life in a Missouri village as a barefoot boy named Samuel Clemens. Abandoning a career as a young steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River, Sam took a bumpy stagecoach to the Far West. In the gold and silver fields, he expected to get rich quick. Instead, he got poor fast, digging in the wrong places. His stint as a sagebrush newspaperman led to a duel with pistols. Had he not survived, the world would never have heard of Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn—or red-headed Mark Twain. Samuel Clemens adopted his pen name in a hotel room in San Francisco and promptly made a jumping frog (and himself) famous. His celebrated novels followed at a leisurely pace; his quips at jet speed. "Don't let schooling interfere with your education," he wrote. Here, in high style, is the story of a wisecracking adventurer who came of age in the untamed West; an ink-stained rebel who surprised himself by becoming the most famous American of his time.

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  • Sid Fleischman (1920-2010) wrote more than sixty books for children, adults, and magicians. Among his many awards was the Newbery Medal for his novel The Whipping Boy. The author described his youth as a magician and newspaperman in his autobiography The Abracadabra Kid.

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  • School Library Journal

    December 1, 2012

    Gr 5-9-Sid Fleischmann has captured Mark Twain's colorful life in this lively biography (Greenwillow, 2008) that spans his childhood, his early years as a steamboat pilot, his time out West, and his numerous occupations, including steamboat pilot, gold prospector, and journalist. He also covers Twain's later years as well as the ups and downs in his life. Written as though it was penned by Twain, Joe Barrett's down-home, folksy delivery sounds just like a boy from Hannibal, MO. In fact, he resembles Hal Holbrook who regularly portrays Twain onstage. The conversational tone sets the stage for the dramatic moments in Twain's life. Twain's travels to the West are particularly interesting, especially the information about the origins of "The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County," the short story that made him somewhat famous and set him on the road to taking writing seriously. Twain's exploits will engage listeners, and this biography would make a nice addition to middle and high school libraries.-Joan Kindig, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA

    Copyright 2012 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from June 16, 2008
    This biography of the writer who “changed literature forever” sets a standard few can meet: it is top-notch entertainment. Newbery Medalist Fleischman (The Whipping Boy
    ) nearly channels Mark Twain's voice, making great use of his subject's wit to contextualize his place in American letters. “Sam regarded it as akin to child abuse that his father... scraped up the funds to send him to the log schoolhouse,” Fleischman writes of Samuel Clemens's boyhood in Missouri. With colorful detail, he catalogues Clemens's search for a vocation—at the print shop, on the riverboat, with the gold-diggers and, finally, at the newspaper, where he first used the pen name Mark Twain. In one illustrative example, a San Francisco theater owner suggests in 1866 that Twain give a lecture about his recent adventures in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii), and he accepts, despite a lack of public speaking experience. “He did not have a gift for caution,” Fleischman notes dryly. The title is taken from the lecture's advertising posters: “Doors open at 7 o'clock. The Trouble to begin at 8 o'clock.” Period engravings, newspaper cartoons and b&w photographs round out this spirited portrait. Final art not seen by PW
    . Ages 9–12.

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