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Mark Twain and Huckleberry Finn
Ross, Stewart.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking, 1999.
Physical Description:
43 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Examines the personal life and literary career of the American author of many well known books, including the somewhat controversial title, "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 6.9 1.0 47239.
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Newstead Library PS1331 .R66 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Clarence Library PS1331 .R66 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Grand Island Library PS1331 .R66 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
Hamburg Library PS1331 .R66 1999 Juvenile Non-Fiction Biography
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Author Notes

Stewart Ross is a prize-winning author of books for children, and has written two novels, several plays, two librettos, and several widely acclaimed historical works. His books have been translated into about a dozen languages. After several years teaching at various institutions Stewart has become one of Britain's most prolific and popular authors. He has published over 175 titles for adults and children.

Ross is also a frequent, popular speaker to student and adult audiences. His book, The Story of Scotland has won two literary awards.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Gr. 4^-7. In a picture book for older readers, Ross tells the life story of famous writer Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, giving readers an account that is loving and respectful as well as honest about Clemens' more difficult qualities. He depicts Clemens as a heavy smoker (40 cigars a day) and prone to rages and depression. In addition to showing these imperfections, he characterizes Clemens as a man devoted to his family, to good writing, and, despite an avowed love for lying, to honesty. The last chapters of the book, which focus on Huckleberry Finn, become more literary criticism than biography, with Ross defending Clemens against charges of racism and presenting both sides of the argument about whether the end of the novel weakens the whole. Older readers familiar with Huckleberry Finn may be turned off by the picture-book format, and children the right age to be attracted by the large size and watercolor illustrations probably won't be familiar with the novel and the controversies surrounding it. Consequently, this may not be a first purchase. Chronology; further reading (for older students). --Susan Dove Lempke

School Library Journal Review

Gr 5-8-As he did in Charlotte Bront¬Č and Jane Eyre (1997) and Shakespeare and Macbeth (1994, both Viking), Ross explores a famous author and his characters. Here, he introduces readers to Samuel Clemens and the dual personality of the witty satirist who suffered from depression. Beginning with Clemens's early life in Hannibal, MO, readers learn of his childhood and varied careers from typesetter to riverboat captain and finally to writer, lecturer, and failed businessman. Focusing on Huckleberry Finn, the author notes some of the real-life inspirations for characters and situations in the novel. He discusses Clemens's writing style and explains that in writing humor, the author subtly exposed the pretensions and absurdities of American society. Ross addresses the controversy of racially prejudiced views and morally dubious tones in this novel and suggests that Clemens painted a realistic picture of the pre-Civil War South. Two sidebars offer facts that place the man and his work in historical context. Himler's full-page watercolors and occasional black-and-white illustrations add to the text. While the picture-book format will initially appeal to younger readers, the information here will be helpful for students and language-arts teachers seeking background information for research and reports.-Shawn Brommer, Southern Tier Library System, Painted Post, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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