Mark Twain


Brøderbund had made at least part of its fortune on the Carmen Sandiego series, which offered education in the guise of fun for middle schoolers. Now they wanted to apply the same approach to high school kids. They conceived of a game based on the stories of Mark Twain and signed me up to do it.

After the mindlessness of MetalMorphis, this was a fun challenge. By now I had written several of my children's books so I knew I enjoyed working with facts on the ground and educating while telling a story. In this case, it was a story about five stories: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (and of Huckleberry Finn, et al), A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, The Prince and the Pauper, The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County, and Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc. Twain himself would play the Carmen Sandiego role of lead character visiting interesting worlds - which he himself had created.

I liked this game a lot, and wanted it particularly as a companion to my own children's book oeuvre, but Brøderbund eventually decided that high school kids weren't going to stand for being educated like middle schoolers did, so nothing came of the project.