Monday, February 18, 2013

Journey to Hannibal with FREE Mark Twain Resources

Includes Digital Text Resources for ALL Readers in Various Platforms

This past weekend offered a rare opportunity to take a few days to refresh and recreate. It was an extension of the Valentine’s Day we had not had a chance to celebrate as a result of my husband’s and my work schedule on the 14th. We took a trip north but didn’t wander very far. Some weeks ago, we had decided to plan a trip to Hannibal, Missouri, the hometown of the great American writer, Samuel Clemens, better known as Mark Twain.

We visited the Historic District of the town with the boyhood home of the writer, the Mark Twain Museum, Riverview Park with its beautiful overlooks of the Mississippi River, the Becky Thatcher House (currently undergoing renovation) and even the famous, white picket fence where Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn enjoyed a conversation about work vs. enjoyment.

The gift shop and bookstore adjoining the Mark Twain Museum provided great selections of the writer. In particular, there were copies of the Autobiography of Mark Twain, a book finally published in 2010, the 100th anniversary of Mark Twain’s death. My husband purchased a copy, as the book’s back cover promised that “Every word beguiles.” (from the Wall street Journal)

This short weekend excursion helped us revisit the days of Mr. Clemens in a very special way. Our visit to the quaint and historic town of Hannibal is one that we will not soon forget. On the way home, I thought of all the great writings given to us by this famous American writer from Hannibal. I also thought my readers might like to enjoy some of his writings, too. So, I have gathered here a short list of reading resources that will provide many of the works of Mark Twain for ALL readers (whether average or challenged). Hope you will enjoy them as much as we enjoyed our journey to Mark Twain country.

Works of Mark Twain for ALL Readers in Various Platforms

Complete Works of Mark Twain (Illustrated) [Kindle Edition]---Mark Twain (Author)–Price: $2.99
* ALL 12 novels, annotated with concise introductions & individual contents tables
* Includes Twain’s rare, unfinished novel “The Mysterious Stranger”
* ALL of his short stories, with quality formatting
* Short stories have their own chronological & alphabetical contents tables
* Twain's 20 short story contributions to "The Library of Humor" with its contents table

FREE e-Books by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)---Read on your PDA, cell phone, or your e-Book reader.
FREE downloads of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The Prince and the Pauper and MORE!

FREE Audio Books of Works by Mark Twain---FREE audio downloads of the novels and short stories of Twain,%20Mark/

FREE Audio Books ---The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (in mp3 audio)

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (FREE Audio Book with Visuals for Children ---in English)

Part 1 - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Chapters 1-10) (FREE Audiobook with Read-Along)
Large, boldfaced text presented on grey-colored page backgrounds can be helpful for some challenged readers.

Part 2 - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (Chapters 11-24) (FREE Audiobook with Read-Along)
Large, boldfaced text presented on grey-colored page backgrounds can be helpful for some challenged readers.

FREE The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain--- For iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch

Complete Works of Mark Twain (with Commentary, Mark Twain Biography, and Plot Summaries)
by Mark Twain---For iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch---Price: $2.99
Included in this collection:
The Novels of Mark Twain
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Tom Sawyer Abroad
Tom Sawyer, Detective
The American Claimant

Autobiography of Mark Twain-Volume 1---by Mark Twain (Reader's Edition-Softcover Text)
Published 2010 by University of California Press
The first of a projected, three-volume edition of the complete, uncensored autobiography of Mark Twain

Other Area and Historical Resources

General Information about Hannibal, Missouri---Provided by the Hannibal Convention & Visitors Bureau

Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum

For information on customizable reading tools: Tools for struggling readers of all ages! Info & support for struggling readers

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