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"A person who won't read has no advantage
over one who can't read."
Mark Twain

The Extraordinary Mark Twain
(According to Susy)
by Barbara Kerley

Everyone loved Mark Twain! They attended his lectures. They read his books. They laughed at his funny quotes. But, Mark Twain's 13-year-old-daughter, Susy, was annoyed that so many people thought they were Mark Twain experts. She knew she was the one who knew Mark Twain the best, so she undertook to write his real biography in her secret journal. She watched him as he went through his days, writing about his appearance, his personality, his good and bad habits, and the funny things he did.

Susy Clemens became his biographer. Now, pages of her biography of her papa, Samuel Clemens, are cleverly embedded within the pages of a picture book about one of the most famous authors of all times.

The Kids' Wings literature guide invites group discussion, prediction, drama, problem-solving, and skill building. Teachers who want students to understand history through the eyes of one who was there will want make this intermediate-level picture book part of their classroom libraries.

Research Links
The Extraordinary Mark Twain
(According to Susy)

Susy Clemens
Susy Clemens, Drama Critic

Mark Twain --Wikipedia
The Quotes of Mark Twain
The Mark Twain House aned Museum
Mark Twain Childhood, Life, and Timeline
Mark Twain Biography

Was Huck Finn a Racist?

A Video Interview with Mark Twain

Related Literature
Biographies and Autobiographies

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


A 10-page unit perfect for lesson planning, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for The Extraordinary Mark Twain
is now available!

The Activity Guide Contains:
Pre-Reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
Getting Ready to Read Embedded Nonfiction
2 -Page Readers’ Theater Introduction
Black Elk: A Character Study
Crossword Puzzle: Mark Twain's Biographer
Where in the World? Map Study
Multiple Choice Comprehension
Writing a Biography
Answer Keys

Special Offer!
The Extraordinary Mark Twain is one of the 26 literature guides for award-winning literature in our Extraordinary Destinations Collection. Though you can order each unit individually for about $18.95, if you order Extraordinary Destinations you will get the 26 units for less than $1.00 each in a spiral-bound book with CD in its back pocket! Order now while we still have them to send to you!


A special thanks to Bill Basham's Diversi-Tune Songs, for his arrangement of The Band Played On as our background music


y The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy)
by Barbara Kerley

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