The Extraordinary Mark Twain (according to Susy)

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Scholastic Press, Jan 1, 2010 - Juvenile Fiction - 48 pages
Susy Clemens thought the world was wrong about her papa. They saw Mark Twain as "a humorist joking at everything." But he was so much more, and Susy was determined to set the record straight. In a journal she kept under her pillow, Susy documented her world-famous father-from his habits (good and bad!) to his writing routine to their family's colorful home life. Her frank, funny, tender biography (which came to be one of Twain's most prized possessions) gives rare insight and an unforgettable perspective on an American icon. Inserts with excerpts from Susy's actual journal give added appeal.


* "Kerley's text gallops along with a vitality to match her subject's antics..." --School Library Journal, starred review

* "Irrespressible Alice Roosevelt gets a treatment every bit as attractive and exuberant as she was." -- Booklist, starred review

- Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book

- Parents' Choice 2008 Approved Award Winner

- Kirkus Reviews "Best of Children's Books 2009"

-Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year

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User Review  - may_tay_kay - LibraryThing

I liked the book "The Extraordinary Mark Twain (According to Susy)". This book has an extremely interesting point of view. While the book is historical fiction, it is written as though Mark Twain ... Read full review

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User Review  - jenniferm14 - LibraryThing

Barbara Kerley flows between realistic fiction and biography in this book about Mark Twain. The author uses the biography Mark Twain's daughter, Susy, wrote on her father and elaborates on how Susy ... Read full review


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Barbara Kerley's award-winning biographies—including WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE? and THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN (ACCORDING TO SUSY), both illustrated by Edwin Fotheringham, and THE DINOSAURS OF WATERHOUSE HAWKINS and WALT WHITMAN: WORDS FOR AMERICA, both illustrated by Brian Selznick—are consistently praised for their lively prose, meticulous research, and artistic presentation style. Kerley lives in Portland, Oregon. You can visit her online at

Edwin Fotheringham has illustrated several notable picture books, including Barbara Kerley's WHAT TO DO ABOUT ALICE?, a Sibert Honor Book and a Boston Globe/Horn Book Award Honor Book, and THE EXTRAORDINARY MARK TWAIN (ACCORDING TO SUSY), a New York Public Library Best Children's Book. Edwin lives in Seattle, Washington. You can visit him online at

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