Ragged Dick, Or, Street Life in New York with the Boot-blacks
Ragged Dick is a 14 year old bootblack, he smokes, drinks occasionally, and sleeps on the streets, but he is anxious 'to turn over a new leaf, and try to grow up ''spectable''. He won't steal under any circumstances, and many gentlemen who are impressed with this virtue (and his determination to succeed) offer their aid. Mr. Greyson, for example, invites him to church and Mr. Whitney gives him five dollars for performing a service. Dick uses the money to open a bank account and to rent his first apartment.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CatherineHsu - LibraryThing
I actually read this when I was in elementary school, and I love it even now! It's funny, engaging, and inspiring, as it follows the story of Dick Hunter from his position as a lowly bootblack to an honorable member of society. One of my favorite childhood stories :) Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - AliceAnna - LibraryThing
OK. He had me until the end. This previously homeless kid is an expert swimmer? Seriously? Where did he learn? Where did he swim? Who taught him? I know it's just some silly adolescent book that is ... Read full review