American Boy by Don Brown
The Adventures of Mark Twain

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Our popular image of Mark Twain is of a gruff, gray-haired eccentric, the outspoken literary giant who created enduring novels such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

But once upon a time, Mark Twain was a boy named Samuel Clemens. His birth on November 30, 1835, coincided with the appearance of Halley’s comet, streaking across the sky. A dreamer, a prankster, a lover of great tales, Sam Clemens spent his boyhood years living out adventures on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River.

About Don Brown

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Don Brown is the award-winning author and illustrator of many picture book biographies. He has been widely praised for his resonant storytelling and his delicate watercolor paintings that evoke the excitement, humor, pain, and joy of lives lived with passion. School Library Journal has called him ?a current pacesetter who has put the finishing touches on the standards for storyographies.” He lives in New York with his family.
Published May 22, 2006 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 32 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Like his subject, Brown also skips from incident to incident, telling just enough to hold the reader’s interest, and like Twain, he makes the reader think, with his handling of such incidents as young Sam’s response to slavery, and his friendship with the outcast Tom Blankenship (the model for Hu...

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Despite the expositional structure, the boy's direct voice and Cardwell's spontaneous (though occasionally grainy) photos may well make readers feel that they are guests in Imran's home, and the book is a sure stepping stone to a better understanding of the Muslim faith.

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With his usual solid research and pen-and-ink and watercolor wash accompaniment, Don Brown examines the young life of Samuel Clemens in American Boy: The Adventures of Mark Twain.

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Chicago Tribune

Portrait of Ayad Akhtar, author of "American Dervish" a novel of growing up Muslim in America, outside the American Theater in Chicago, Friday, Jan. 6, 2012.

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