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Oh, this is my favorite of all of Horatio Alger's rags-to-riches tales. Like all the stories in the Tattered Tom and Ragged Dick series of novellas, it has a wonderful story and a great ending. But this one has such an marvelous and unexpected twist, I didn't see it coming. I lost track of my copy of this one book, and I've looked for it over the years. Not an easy one to track down at an affordable price.
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 ...moreMore about Horatio Alger Jr....