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Ben, The Luggage Boy; Or, Among the Wharves

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I recently finished reading a classic novel by Horatio Alger, Jr. called Ben, The Luggage Boy; Or, Among the Wharves. This coming-of-age story follows the journey of a young boy named Ben who must navigate the rough streets of New York City to make a living for himself and his sick mother.

Alger's writing style is simple and straightforward, making it easy for readers to follow along with Ben's adventures and struggles. The character development throughout the story is well-done, as we see Ben grow from a naive boy to a resilient and resourceful young man.

One aspect of the book that I particularly enjoyed was the emphasis on the importance of hard work, determination, and integrity. Ben faces numerous challenges and setbacks, but his determination to succeed and his willingness to help others along the way make him a truly admirable protagonist.

Overall, Ben, The Luggage Boy; Or, Among the Wharves is a heartwarming and inspiring story that teaches valuable lessons about perseverance and the power of kindness. I would recommend this book to readers of all ages who enjoy a good old-fashioned tale of overcoming adversity and achieving success through hard work and integrity.

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Ben, after running away from home, must find a way to survive on the streets. According to the preface, the book was based on a true story told to the author by a real boy named Ben. - Summary by Elsie Selwyn

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