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Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger Jr.
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Jan 29, 2010

really liked it

So glad this book was assigned in History. It was really great even thought it was aimed at boys in the 1860's. It reminded me a lot of my dad who was just like Ragged Dick (it's gonna be his birthday present, he'll love it!). :)
The book is about a 14 year old shoe shining New York boy who is poor and after meeting another boy around his age he ends up trying to be more "respectable." He soon ends up being extremely ambitious, learns to read, and is a hard worker. The book shows that through ambition and honesty one can become a more successful person. Okay, Alger adds a lot of luck to that formula. It's cute, funny, and entertaining. Great for all ages. Kind of slow though.

Yes, this is where people got the phrase "Horatio Alger myth" from since this is a rags to riches story.

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