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Rough and Ready OR Life Among the New York Newsboys

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In Horatio Alger Jr.'s "Rough and Ready," readers are taken on a journey through the challenging yet hopeful lives of New York newsboys. The novel follows the story of a young boy named Ben, who embarks on a seemingly impossible mission to improve his circumstances and chase after his dreams.

Alger expertly weaves together themes of determination, hard work, and the power of self-belief as Ben encounters various obstacles and setbacks on his path to success. The characters are well-developed and relatable, capturing the struggles and triumphs of the young newsboys as they navigate the harsh realities of their world.

The novel is fast-paced and engaging, with plenty of action and suspense to keep readers invested in Ben's journey. Alger's writing is accessible and heartfelt, making it easy for readers to connect with the characters and their struggles.

Overall, "Rough and Ready" is a heartwarming and inspiring story that highlights the resilience and spirit of the young boys who must fight for a better future. Alger's timeless message of perseverance and hope shines through in this uplifting tale of determination and friendship.

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Join Rough and Ready for his adventure on the streets of New York City. Working as a newsboy, Rough and Ready tries to support himself and his sister on his meager earnings. Unfortunately, their stepfather is seeking to kidnap little Rose, getting an education is hard work, swindlers are trying to trick him out of his money, and thieves are planning nefarious deeds. Luckily for Rough and Ready, he makes some good friends along the way. Summary by Tori Faulder

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