The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West


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Greenwillow Books
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7.48 X 10.0 X 0.98 inches | 2.04 pounds

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About the Author

Sid Fleischman wrote more than sixty books for children, adults, and magicians. Among his many awards was the Newbery Medal for his novel The Whipping Boy. The author described his wasted youth as a magician and newspaperman in his autobiography The Abracadabra Kid. His other titles include The Entertainer and the Dybbuk, a novel, and three biographies, Sir Charlie: Chaplin, The Funniest Man in the World; The Trouble Begins at 8: A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild, Wild West; and Escape! The Story of The Great Houdini.


"What truly sets this biography in a class by how enthusiastically Fleischman assumes Twain's tone."--Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"The trouble--entertaining trouble indeed--begins on page one as Fleischman brings our national comedic treasure to life."--The Horn Book
"With a Twainian lilt to the prose, the book mingles deftly shaped research with snippets from Twain's writings."--Booklist (starred review)
"This biography of the writer who 'changed literature forever' sets a standard few can meet: it is top-notch entertainment."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"The illustrations and photographs are rich and varied, and the back matter is a work of art in itself."--School Library Journal (starred review)
"Highly enjoyable . . . No worthier Twain bio will cross a child's path than this feisty tale."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)