Horatio Alger Classics - Set of 7

Horatio Alger Classics - Set of 7
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    Author: Horatio Alger
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    Publisher: AB Publishing
    Series: Horatio Alger Classics
    Ages: 8 and Up
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    Horatio Alger, Jr. was a prolific 19-th century American author, best known for his many young adult stories about impoverished boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class security and comfort through hard work, determination, courage, and honesty. His writings were characterized by the "rags to riches" narrative which had a formative effect on America during the Gilded Age.

    Titles include:


    From Farm to Fortune: Nat Nason's Strange Experience

    Nat Nason, a poor country lad who works for his miserly Uncle, becomes bored with life on the farm. He decides to strike out for himself and find work in New York City. But Nat discovers it is harder to find work than he had expected. He is swindled, leaving him almost penniless. But luck is with Nat, and he obtains a position as a clerk. Nat's Uncle comes to New York to find Nat and bring him home. Can Nat prove to his Uncle that he can make it in the city?


    Mark Manning's Mission: The Story of a Shoe Factory Boy

    Mark Manning is discharged from his job as a shoe pegger by no fault of his own and is then employed by Old Anthony, a hermit, who is sick with rheumatism. Mark rescues the hermit from his treacherous nephew. Mark is sent to Chicago to search for the hermit's lost grandson. Can Mark find him and bring him back? Mark and his mother, a poor widow, have to move out of their home after Squire Collins buys the cottage which they rent. Can they find another home before he forces them out?


    The Cash Boy: Frank Fowler's Early Struggles

    Frank Fowler's mother died leaving his and his sister, Grace, orphans. Before Frank's mother died she told him of how he had been brought to the house and raised as her own. Frank's mother did not know who his real parent's were. Can Frank keep himself and his sister out of the poor house? Follow Frank as he finds a job in the city and searches for his real father.


    Uncle Jacob's Secret: The Boy Who Cleared His Father's Name

    Squire Marlowe owns a shoe factory and employs many men and young boys from the village. Industrial improvements leave some people, including Bert, without a job. Now real poverty is knocking at the Barton's door. Marlowe is not at all sympathetic. And then Uncle Jason shows up after many years out in California in the Gold rush. Is he as poor as he looks? His promise of help to Bert and his mother Mary appear unlikely. How will they all survive? But that is Uncle Jacob's secret.


    The Store Boy: The Fortunes of Ben Barclay

    Ben Barclay and his mother are in a fix. They are about to lose their home and only young Ben has the answer. But it means he will have to leave his mother, neighbors, and friends. Will Ben's honesty, hard work, and dedication be enough to get him through? Can his mother count on him? Travel along with Ben to the big-city—on his own for the first time as he meets people that want to help him... and others that would do him harm. See how Ben deals with each situation and what he gets as a result.


    The Erie Train Boy: Fred's Railroad Adventure

    Fred Fenton is the hero in this story. Seventeen years old and employed with the Erie train, he supports his mother and brother with earnings of six to ten dollars a week from the railroad. But Fred falls under suspicion that involves the robbery of a wealthy old man. What can he do to clear his name? What is his father's land in Colorado really worth?


    Jed, the Poorhouse Boy: A Poor Boy Discovers His True Identity

    Jed was kidnapped from England as a baby and left at a poorhouse where he was raised as an orphan with no knowledge of his parents. Will he ever find his real parents? A detective is put on his trail by his mother. Is he the right boy?


    There is a warm spot in the heart of every boy for Horatio Alger because he understood boys so well that his stories please them thoroughly. The spirit that he tried to infuse in the minds and hearts of American boys is just as desirable today as when Mr. Alger first penned the books. Love of home, country, parents; honesty kindness, justice, valor, patriotism—all these the author dealt with in his stories, but in such a manner that the reader imbibes them unconsciously. Nevertheless, they become a part of him, and he really lives as Mr. Alger’s heroes do—upright and God-fearing.