November 30 Birthday: A BRILLIANT STREAK: THE MAKING OF MARK TWAIN

Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain
November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910

A BRILLIANT STREAK: THE MAKING OF MARK TWAIN
by Kathryn Lasky
illustrated by Barry Moser
(Harcourt, 1998)

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.