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The Hoosier School-boy   By: (1837-1902)

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The Hoosier School-boy by Edward Eggleston is a delightful coming-of-age story set in rural Indiana during the 19th century. The book follows the journey of Ralph Hartsook, a young boy known for his mischievous nature. As the story unfolds, we witness Ralph's transformation from a rebellious troublemaker into a responsible and courageous individual, thanks to the guidance and mentorship of his teacher, Mr. Gray.

Eggleston's vivid and detailed descriptions bring the small town of Flat Creek to life, immersing readers in its idyllic charm and rustic beauty. From the breathtaking landscapes to the close-knit community, every aspect of the setting is infused with authenticity and period accuracy, transporting us back in time.

One of the standout features of this book is Eggleston's ability to capture the subtle nuances of human relationships. The interactions between Mr. Gray and his students, as well as Ralph's interactions with his classmates, provide insights into the complexities of friendship, loyalty, and personal growth. Through Ralph's trials and triumphs, we witness the power of education and the impact that a dedicated teacher can have on a young person's life.

Eggleston's writing style is accessible and engaging, making this novel suitable for readers of all ages. While the story primarily focuses on Ralph's experiences, it also explores various societal issues prevalent during that era, such as prejudice, poverty, and the importance of education in shaping one's future.

The Hoosier School-boy is not just a nostalgic tale but a timeless narrative that resonates with readers even today. It successfully captures the essence of the American Midwest, illuminating the spirit of a bygone era and reminding us of the universal values of determination, perseverance, and the pursuit of knowledge.

Overall, The Hoosier School-boy is a heartwarming and thought-provoking novel that transports readers to a simpler time and reminds us of the power of education and the transformative nature of personal development. Eggleston's storytelling prowess, coupled with his rich depiction of characters and setting, makes this book a worthwhile read for anyone seeking an engaging and uplifting literary experience.

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[Illustration: "NOT THERE, NOT THERE, MY CHILD!"]



New York Charles Scribner's Sons 1919


Copyright, 1910, By FRANCES G. EGGLESTON



I. The New Scholar 3 II. King Milkmaid 15 III. Answering Back 23 IV. Little Christopher Columbus 34 V. Whiling Away Time 43 VI. A Battle 48 VII. Hat ball and Bull pen 58 VIII. The Defender 70 IX. Pigeon Pot pie 80 X. Jack and His Mother 97 XI. Columbus and His Friends 102 XII. Greenbank Wakes Up 113 XIII. Professor Susan 119 XIV. Crowing After Victory 127 XV... Continue reading book >>

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