Publisher description for A brilliant streak : the making of Mark Twain / by Kathryn Lasky ; illustrated by Barry Moser.

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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.

Library of Congress subject headings for this publication: Twain, Mark, 1835-1910 Juvenile literature, Authors, American 19th century Biography Juvenile literature, Twain, Mark, 1835-1910, Authors, American