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13 review for Nelson the Newsboy; Or, Afloat in New York - Original & Unabridged & Special Edition (ANNOTATED)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jim Bocko

    This story had me guessing what would happen next during the majority of the story. Even though there are many details and plot twist to absorb, I truly enjoyed this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    Horatio Alger wrote books for boys until his death in 1899. His books continued under the Stratemeyer syndicate for several years afterward. Alger’s books are extremely formulaic and follow one of three themes: 1. poor boy who betters himself through a combination of luck (rescuing a rich person , intelligence, and courage; 2. Poor boy, who is really the kidnapped son of a wealthy family, who better himself through a combination of luck, intelligence, and courage; and 3. Middle class boy runs awa Horatio Alger wrote books for boys until his death in 1899. His books continued under the Stratemeyer syndicate for several years afterward. Alger’s books are extremely formulaic and follow one of three themes: 1. poor boy who betters himself through a combination of luck (rescuing a rich person , intelligence, and courage; 2. Poor boy, who is really the kidnapped son of a wealthy family, who better himself through a combination of luck, intelligence, and courage; and 3. Middle class boy runs away from an evil stepfather and betters himself through a combination of luck, intelligence, and courage. The boys are usually always 15 or 16, are always good looking without being too good looking, and always honest and courageous and godly (Alger was a Unitarian minister). There is always a bully, who is the lazy, selfish son of the wealthiest man in town. Our hero never starts a fight but always beats the bully when the bully strikes first. Nelson the Newsboy follows the second theme. Nelson sells newspapers on the streets of New York and is in the care of an old sailor who drinks heavily and engages in petty crimes. Despite the formulaic nature, I have read over 100 Alger books and have enjoyed every one. I especially love the endings where Alger shows us a bit of the boy’s future. If you like Horatio Alger, read Oliver Optic books, which precede Alger or Frank V. Webster, who is one of the earlier pseudonyms for early authors of the Stratemeyer syndicate books.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Sue Squires

  4. 5 out of 5

    Applsd

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gord

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nora Roberts

  7. 5 out of 5

    Blue

  8. 5 out of 5

    Johanna

  9. 4 out of 5

    Joey Woolfardis

  10. 4 out of 5

    Tfp

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jan

  12. 4 out of 5

    R.C. Beattie

  13. 5 out of 5

    Calvin Coolidge

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