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By: Oliver Optic (1822-1897)

The Birthday Party, A Story For Little Folks by Oliver Optic The Birthday Party, A Story For Little Folks

Flora Lee’s birthday came in July. Her mother wished very much to celebrate the occasion in a proper manner. Flora was a good girl, and her parents were always glad to do any thing they could to please her, and to increase her happiness.

Down South or Yacht Adventure in Florida by Oliver Optic Down South or Yacht Adventure in Florida

"Down South" is the fifth and last volume but one of the "Great Western Series." The action of the story is confined entirely to Florida; and this fact may seem to belie the title of the Series. But the young yachtsman still maintains his hold upon the scenes of his earlier life in Michigan, and his letters come regularly from that State. If he were old enough to vote, he could do so only in Michigan; and therefore he has not lost his right to claim a residence there during his temporary sojourn in the South...

Up the River by Oliver Optic Up the River

Up the River is the sixth and last of “The Great Western Series.” The events of the story occur on the coast of Florida, in the Gulf of Mexico, and on the Mississippi River. The volume and the series close with the return of the hero, by a route not often taken by tourists, to his home in Michigan. His voyaging on the ocean, the Great Lakes, and the Father of Waters, is finished for the present; but the writer believes that his principal character has grown wiser and better since he was first introduced to the reader...

Book cover Within The Enemy's Lines
Book cover A Spelling-Book for Advanced Classes
Book cover Across India Or, Live Boys in the Far East
Book cover Brother Against Brother The War on the Border
Book cover The Yacht Club or The Young Boat-Builder
Book cover On The Blockade
Book cover Stand By The Union
Book cover Fighting for the Right
Book cover Taken by the Enemy
Book cover Outward BoundOr, Young America Afloat
Book cover Poor and Proud, or the Fortunes of Katy Redburn: a Story for Young Folks
Book cover A Lieutenant at Eighteen
Book cover Breaking Away or The Fortunes of a Student
Book cover An Undivided Union
Book cover Seek and Find or The Adventures of a Smart Boy
Book cover Up The Baltic Young America in Norway, Sweden, and Denmark
Book cover A Victorious Union
Book cover The Young Lieutenant or, The Adventures of an Army Officer
Book cover Four Young Explorers or, Sight-Seeing in the Tropics
Book cover All Adrift or The Goldwing Club
Book cover Down The River Buck Bradford and His Tyrants
Book cover Make or Break or, The Rich Man's Daughter
Book cover Asiatic Breezes Students on The Wing
Book cover Dikes and Ditches Young America in Holland and Belguim
Book cover The Coming Wave Or, The Hidden Treasure of High Rock
Book cover Down the Rhine Young America in Germany
Book cover The Soldier Boy; or, Tom Somers in the Army A Story of the Great Rebellion
Book cover Field and Forest The Fortunes of a Farmer
Book cover Now or Never Or, The Adventures of Bobby Bright
Book cover All Aboard; or, Life on the Lake A Sequel to "The Boat Club"
Book cover Try Again or, the Trials and Triumphs of Harry West. A Story for Young Folks
Book cover Little By Little or, The Cruise of the Flyaway
Book cover Dolly and I A Story for Little Folks
Book cover Little Bobtail or The Wreck of the Penobscot.
Book cover Desk and Debit or, The Catastrophes of a Clerk
Book cover Proud and Lazy A Story for Little Folks
Book cover Watch and Wait or The Young Fugitives
Book cover Now or Never
Book cover Haste and Waste; Or, the Young Pilot of Lake Champlain. a Story for Young People
Book cover Freaks of Fortune or, Half Round the World
Book cover Careless Kate A Story for Little Folks
Book cover Rich and Humble; The Mission of Bertha Grant

This is the first story in the Woodville collection of tales about the interesting people in Woodville. As the characters grow, they learn many lessons. This is the story of Bertha Grant and her brother, Richard Grant. One of these siblings is good and wise living their life for a higher purpose. The other has to overcome many trials to learn what is truly important in life. The second story in the series is entitled In School and Out; The Conquest of Richard Grant. Summary by Scarlett Martin Woodville...

Book cover Haste and Waste; The Young Pilot of Lake Champlain

The sixth and last volume of the Woodville stories contains the record of a mechanical, rather than a moral triumph, though the virtues of patience and perseverance are incidentally illustrated, and the "little captain" of the Woodville is always a good son, a forbearing brother, and a kind friend. Lawry Wilford, the young pilot, is a boy of spirit and energy, who overcomes difficulties by a strong faith in himself, and redeems his family from poverty, in spite of the bad example and the bad conduct of his father and his older brother...

Book cover Watch and Wait; The Young Fugitives

One soft summer evening, when Woodville was crowned with the glory and beauty of the joyous season, three strangers presented themselves before the Grant family, and asked for counsel and assistance. The party consisted of two boys and a girl, and they belonged to that people which the traditions of the past have made the "despised race;" but the girl was whiter and fairer than many a proud belle who would have scorned her in any other capacity than that of a servant; and one of the boys was very nearly white, while the other was as black as ebony undefiled...

Book cover Dolly and I: Story for Little Folks

Katherine Green an envious girl is given a pretty doll by her Aunt Jane. Christmastime is approaching... Nellie Green her sister who is quite different has a rich friend over by the name of Flora Lee. They would like to use Katherine's doll because all of the other ones are in ruins from over use. Katherine who has been rather protective of her doll straight up refuses. It shows Flora what a bad sister Katherine is. Nellie is very sad at her friend's discovery of the great fault. Whenever Flora left after a game of dolls without a proper rich lady tells her mother what a nice girl Nellie is and how kind she is toward her sister...

Book cover Riverdale Stories: A Story for Little Folks

A compilation of stories of the children of Riverdale who learn life lessons of how to be kind, polite, and helpful as they grow up. Written by William Taylor Adams under the pen name "Oliver Optic."


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