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John Whopper The Newsboy   By: (1812-1903)

John Whopper The Newsboy by Thomas M. (Thomas March) Clark

John Whopper The Newsboy by Thomas M. (Thomas March) Clark is a delightful piece of literature that takes readers on a nostalgic journey through the life of a determined young newsboy. Set in the vibrant streets of New York City during the late 1800s, this gripping tale offers a unique perspective on the struggles and triumphs of an orphaned boy in pursuit of a better life.

Clark's storytelling is incredibly vivid, immersing readers in the sights, sounds, and smells of the bustling city. His attention to detail brings the streets of old New York to life, painting a vivid picture of a bygone era. From the newsstands to the dingy alleyways, every scene is richly described, allowing readers to feel like they are right there alongside John Whopper.

The protagonist himself is a character full of heart and resilience. Despite his circumstances, John possesses an unwavering determination to rise above his station in life. His unwavering optimism and strong moral compass make him an endearing and relatable hero. As readers, we cannot help but root for him as he navigates the challenges of poverty, corruption, and prejudice.

The supporting characters are equally well-developed, each bringing a unique flavor to this enchanting narrative. From the wise and kind-hearted shopkeeper who becomes John's mentor, to the fellow newsboys who become his loyal friends, Clark does an excellent job of creating a diverse and memorable cast. These characters add depth and emotion to the story, making the reading experience all the more immersive.

One aspect that truly stood out is Clark's ability to tackle societal issues prevalent during that time period. Through his skillful narrative, he addresses topics such as child labor, social inequality, and the power of education. While the story remains engaging and accessible to younger readers, it also serves as a valuable lesson on the importance of empathy, perseverance, and the fight for justice.

With its engaging storyline, well-crafted characters, and historical accuracy, John Whopper The Newsboy is a truly captivating novel for readers of all ages. It offers an insightful view into the struggles of adolescents in a time of societal upheaval, and ultimately shows that determination and a strong moral compass can lead to success and personal growth. Thomas M. (Thomas March) Clark has artfully crafted a tale that will continue to resonate with readers for generations to come.

First Page:

[Illustration: JOHN WHOPPER IN CHINA, By the Air Line Route.]






Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1870, by


In the office of the Librarian of Congress at Washington.

Stereotyped and Printed by ALFRED MUDGE & SON, Boston, Mass.



Two years ago last February, I think it was on a Tuesday morning, I started as usual very early to distribute my papers. I had a large bundle to dispose of that day, and thought that if I took a short cut across the fields, instead of following the road from Roxbury to Jamaica Plain, I could go my rounds in much less time. I do not care to tell precisely where it was that I jumped over the fence; but it is a rough, barren kind of spot, which nobody has ever done any thing to improve.

After walking about a third of a mile, I began to think that I had better have kept to the turnpike; for I found that I was obliged to clamber over an uneven, rocky place, among trees and bushes and shrubs, that grew just thick enough to bother me, so that I hardly knew where to put my feet. All at once I lost my balance, and felt that I was sliding down the side of a smooth, steep rock; while underneath, to my horror, I saw what looked like a circular cave, or well, some five or six feet in diameter... Continue reading book >>

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