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Phil the Fiddler

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Viva Garibaldi! sang a young Italian boy in an uptown street, accompanying himself on a violin which, from its battered appearance, seemed to have met with hard usage. As the young singer is to be the hero of my story, I will pause to describe him. He was twelve years old, but small of his age. His complexion was a brilliant olive, with the dark eyes peculiar to his race, ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published August 1st 2006 by 1st World Library (first published 1872)
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Hal Johnson
Jun 27, 2013 Hal Johnson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: c19, kids, 1870s, series
"His name is Phil -- Phil the fiddler, we call him."
"Filippo," said the young musician.
"We will call you Phil; it is easier to speak," said Paul.

"What is your name?"
"I will call you Philip. I suppose that is the English name."

"…my name is Filippo."
"It's a quare name."
"American boys call me Phil."
"That's better. It's a Christian name, and the other isn't. Before I married my man I lived five years at Mrs. Robertson's, and she had a boy they called Phil. His whole name was
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I think this is one of the Alger books I liked the most.
I'm on a Horatio Alger, Jr. kick! These are a blast.
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Horatio Alger, Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, most famous for his novels following the adventures of bootblacks, newsboys, peddlers, buskers, and other impoverished children in their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of respectable middle-class security and comfort. His novels about boys who succeed under the tutelage of older mentors were h ...more
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