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This short piece of historical fiction depicts one entry in a young girl’s diary in the year 1893. It describes her chance meeting with Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain).

This story won first prize in the 2001 North Carolina Literary Legends contest.


This story is intended for a young adult audience.


To accurately depict life in the late nineteenth century, I researched the dialect, setting, historical events, and quality of life of the period before beginning to write.