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Michael O'Halloran

Michael O'Halloran by Gene Stratton-Porter
By: (1863-1924)

The story of a plucky, optimistic newsboy, Michael O’Halloran, who has been orphaned from a young age and asks nothing of the world but to “Be Square!” This is a warm and joyous story of how Michael makes life sunnier for those around him, bringing joy to all who know him.

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Gene Stratton Porter

Copyright 1915, 1916



I. Happy Home in Sunrise Alley II. Moccasins and Lady Slippers III. S.O.S. IV. "Bearer of Morning" V. Little Brother VI. The Song of a Bird VII. Peaches' Preference in Blessings VIII. Big Brother IX. James Jr. and Malcolm X. The Wheel of Life XI. The Advent of Nancy and Peter XII. Feminine Reasoning XIII. A Safe Proposition XIV. An Orphans' Home XV. A Particular Nix XVI. The Fingers in the Pie XVII. Initiations in an Ancient and Honourable Brotherhood XVIII. Malcolm and the Hermit Thrush XIX. Establishing Protectorates XX. Mickey's Miracle


Happy Home in Sunrise Alley

" Aw KID, come on! Be square! "

" You look out what you say to me. "

" But ain't you going to keep your word? "

" Mickey, do you want your head busted? "

" Naw! But I did your work so you could loaf; now I want the pay you promised me... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 2 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - March 3, 2016
Subject: Found in first six chapters
This story had the potential for receiving a higher rating, but I'm not sure, since I quit listening during the sixth chapter. The use of God's name as a slang word, or a means of presenting a strong verbal expression in the characters' dialogues was offensive to me. It took my attention off the story.

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