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Ragged Dick

Ragged Dick by Horatio Alger, Jr.
By: (1832-1899)

Horatio Alger, Jr. was well known for his best-selling series of books highlighting “the American Dream” of poor boys making good and becoming rich and successful through “luck and pluck”. Ragged Dick was the first in this niche, and follows the adventures of Dick Hunter, a ragged bootblack as he makes the decision to “grow up ’spectable”, and how he goes about achieving his goals through the help of his friends, his inherent honesty, and his belief in hard work and study. (Summary by Alice)

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RAGGED DICK; OR, STREET LIFE IN NEW YORK WITH THE BOOT BLACKS. BY HORATIO ALGER JR. To Joseph W. Allen, at whose suggestion this story was undertaken, it is inscribed with friendly regard. PREFACE "Ragged Dick" was contributed as a serial story to the pages of the Schoolmate, a well known juvenile magazine, during the year 1867. While in course of publication, it was received with so many evidences of favor that it has been rewritten and considerably enlarged, and is now presented to the public as the first volume of a series intended to illustrate the life and experiences of the friendless and vagrant children who are now numbered by thousands in New York and other cities. Several characters in the story are sketched from life. The necessary information has been gathered mainly from personal observation and conversations with the boys themselves. The author is indebted also to the excellent Superintendent of the Newsboys' Lodging House, in Fulton Street, for some facts of which he has been able to make use. Some anachronisms may be noted... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - October 3, 2013
Subject: Inspiring Adaptation
A story of a boy who had less than nothing. Through friendship, kindness, and hard work of his own doing, he makes himself a person that anyone would be proud to call a friend. He has no parents. A street orphan in a big city, sleeping in doorways and cardboard boxes in the alleyway's. With the help of another orphan, he learns to read and write. A great story for all ages. From zero to hero, on his own.
Reviewer: - May 27, 2007
Subject: Superb
The variation of voice that the reader uses is well done and the story is a delight! This story makes one wish that it was much longer than it is. A nicely narrated description of early New York City. I highly recommend this story, it is both inspiring and fun to hear!


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