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Helping Himself

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Another in the popular series of tales about real boys who 'did honest things successfully'
Paperback, 128 pages
Published February 1st 2007 by Echo Library (first published 1886)
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Greg
Feb 10, 2012 Greg rated it did not like it
(I have a copy old enough that goodreads doesn't show it. Hardbound.)
This book is exactly what you read about it being in social studies in high school.
Grant is a good little boy whose rich uncle wants him to go to college, but his minister father can't support the family himself.
CONFLICT!
So, he goes to work at a brokerage firm in New York, against the wishes of his uncle. An acquaintance from back home tries to take advantage of him, and . . .
This really isn't worth the effort.

Pretty dull and p
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This is a very good book about the virtues of family and putting others first.
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