An authentic BackPax Book and AudioJourney for children 8+ 

Downloadable eBook and MP3   


The captain gives a sign.  Whistles blare their hearty hoot. Move beyond his life along the mighty Mississippi River. Retrace the author's celebrated steps through Nevada and California; as an "Innocent Abroad" and a  "Connecticut Yankee" at home in Hartford, Connecticut.   Meet the 'other' Mark Twain: printer's devil, inventor, father.  A  rarely-seen gender-inclusive, race- and cultural-sensitive portrait of the author and his times.

BOOK (not a read-along)

full-color magazine-format eBook 

A fascinating look at America's greatest goodwill ambassador and best-known author through some of his greatest and lesser-known works.  Meet Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain); the journalist, author, humorist, inventor, and father of whom his daughter would say, "The difference between Papa and Mama is that Mama loves morals and Papa loves cats!" Features stories, articles, map, excerpts and inventions. Twain's "My First Literary Venture," how to create your own newspaper, and more.


35-minute live-action audio recorded on location in Hannibal and Hartford.  Produced with state-of-the-art audio drama technique.

Meet Sam Clemens, the “printer's devil,” who would soon be known the world over as writer Mark Twain.  Travel “his” America: from his Hannibal, Missouri boyhood town to the riverboat manse of a home he built for his own children in Hartford, Connecticut.  Meet the “real” Tom and Becky, go spelunking in the infamous cave, pound trails west with the Pony Express, and laugh at the croaks and jokes of that “Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County.”  

mark twain's america.


1     "Mark Twain!" Adventure on the Mighty Mississippi
2     Hometown Hannibal, Missouri
3     The Infamous Cave
4     Hannibal in the 1840s
5     "The Glorious Whitewasher"

6     Go West Young Man (and Young Woman)
7     "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County"
8     The Connecticut Yankee at Home
9     "The Interview"


  • Listening Guide 
  • Janus Adams' commentary: " The Mark Twain You Wish You'd Met in School"​

"A BackPax Chronicle of the Life &Times of Mark Twain" Photo Credit:  Mark Twain's America (c) BackPax