Mark T-W-A-I-N!

A Story about Samuel Clemens

From the Series Creative Minds Biographies

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Samuel Clemens grew up in a child’s paradise—Hannibal, Missouri. There, mischief added humor to everyday events as Sam encountered the folks who would one day reappear as Huck Finn, Aunt Polly, and Becky Thatcher in his books, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. At eighteen, Sam left Hannibal to seek his fortune. He became a newspaperman and story writer. Then, always a restless spirit, he tried his hand as a steamboat pilot (where he took a liking to the riverboat call “mark twain”), a soldier, and a gold prospector. All the while, Sam collected tales to tell on stage and recount in his many books. David Collins invites readers into the fabulously exciting, endlessly entertaining world of “America’s Greatest Humorist”—the beloved Mark Twain.

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 5
Copyright 1994
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint LernerClassroom, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 1993-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.8
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007030, JNF007020
Dewey 818'.409
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Dimensions 5.875 x 8.5
Lexile 930
Guided Reading Level R
ATOS Reading Level 6.0
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 15526
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Afterword, Author/Illustrator note, Awards, Bibliography/further reading, Index, Table of contents, and Teaching Guides

Illustrator: Vicky Carey

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Creative Minds Biographies

Meet some of the world’s most creative minds! Written in story format, these episodic biographies give clear, straightforward accounts of historical figures’ lives. Each true story is accompanied by black-and-white illustrations. View available downloads →


  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 1994