The trouble begins at 8 : a life of Mark Twain in the wild, wild West
130628s2008 xxua b b 001 m eng d
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|aThe trouble begins at 8 : |ba life of Mark Twain in the wild, wild West / |cSid Fleischman
|aTrouble begins at eight
|aNew York : |bGreenwillow Books, |cc2008
|axii, 224 p. : |bill. ; |c27 cm.
|aIncludes bibliographical references (p. 214-217) and index
|aThe man who made frogs famous -- Eggs, three cents a dozen -- The gingerbread kid -- Upside down and backwards -- The riverboat rajah -- The cruel river -- Sam and the fortune teller -- Two weeks as a warrior -- The buffalo that climbed a tree -- Thieves, murderers, and desperados -- Gold, ten cents an acre -- Sam and the petrified man -- The duel at dawn -- Sam in the big city -- The slouching man -- The talking bluejay -- The water boy from Jackass Hill -- Goodbye, Sam; hello, Mark -- The sandwich chronicles -- The trouble begins at 8 -- The great holdup -- Twain attempts to behave -- Golden Gate, so long
|aTwainMark|d1835-1910--Childhood and youth--Juvenile literature
|aTwainMark|d1835-1910--Homes and haunts--West U.S.--Juvenile literature
|aAuthors, American--19th century--Biography--Juvenile literature
|uhttp://www.loc.gov/catdir/toc/ecip0727/2007037891.html|3Table of contents only
"Mark Twain was born fully grown, with a cheap cigar clamped between his teeth." So begins Sid Fleischman's ramble-scramble biography of the great American author and wit, who started life in a Missouri village as a barefoot boy named Samuel Clemens. Abandoning a career as a young steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River, Sam took a bumpy stagecoach to the Far West. In the gold and silver fields, he expected to get rich quick. Instead, he got poor fast, digging in the wrong places. His stint as a sagebrush newspaperman led to a duel with pistols. Had he not survived, the world would never have heard of Tom Sawyer or Huckleberry Finn?or red-headed Mark Twain. Samuel Clemens adopted his pen name in a hotel room in San Francisco and promptly made a jumping frog (and himself) famous. His celebrated novels followed at a leisurely pace; his quips at jet speed. "Don't let schooling interfere with your education," he wrote. Here, in high style, is the story of a wisecracking adventurer who came of age in the untamed West; an ink-stained rebel who surprised himself by becoming the most famous American of his time. Bountifully illustrated.