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2010 Award
The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy)
( by Barbara Kerkey/ illus. by Edwin Fotheringham, Scholastic $17.99 Score: )

Although the audience for this sparkling book will not really know Mark Twain, parents and teachers might introduce his Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County story before or after sharing this picture book biography. It is in fact told largely in the voice of his daughter, Susy, who began writing a biography of her famous father when she was just 13 years old. The bold big pages of the picture book narrative are stitched together with slender and often amusing pages of Susy’s writing. Her cursive penmanship is laced with misspelled words and amusing anecdotes that are direct quotes from her original diary.

Age: Early School Years, Later School Years. Award Year: 2010. Click here to purchase the product on Amazon.com.


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