Ragged Dick is a well-told story of street-life in New York, that will, we should judge, be well received by the boy-readers, for whom it is intended. The Hero is a boot-black, who, by sharpness,... More > industry, and honesty, makes his way in the world, and is, perhaps, somewhat more immaculate in character and manners than could naturally have been expected from his origin and training. We find in this, as in many books for boys, a certain monotony in the inculcation of the principle that honesty is the best policy, a proposition that, as far as mere temporal success is concerned, we believe to be only partially true. However, the book is very readable, and we should consider it a much more valuable addition to the Sunday-school library than the tales of inebriates and treatises on the nature of sin, that so often find place there.< Less
“On the eventful day that gave young Master Colin Clink to the world, and about twelve hours previous to the time at which he should have made his actual appearance, Mistress Clink, his mother,... More > was lying upon a bed in an inner ground-floor room of her cottage, think-ing—if the troubled and confused ideas that filled her brain might be termed thinking—upon her coming trials; while little Fanny, taking temporary advantage of the illness of her mistress, and relaxing, in a moment of happy forgetfulness, again into a child, was sitting upon the ground near the door, and noiselessly amusing herself by weighing in a halfpenny pair of tin scales the sand which had been strown upon the floor by way of carpet, when the abrupt entrance of some one at the outer door, though unheard by the sick woman amidst her half-dreaming reveries, so startled the little offender on the ground, that, in her haste to scramble on to her feet.”< Less
Earl Derr Biggers, the creator of Charlie Chan, tells six of his stories in this collection featuring "Selling Miss Minerva", "The Girl Who Paid Dividends", "Idle... More > Hands", "A Letter to Australia", "Trouping with Ellen", and "Broadway Broke. Illustrated.< Less
This is the second fiction anthology from 578 publishing, written by former students on the A215 and A363 creative writing courses from the Open University*. You will find stories, a script, and life... More > writing in a variety of genres including human interest, crime, humour, fantasy, science fiction, ghost stories.
* Neither 578 Publishing, its writers, or this anthology are in any way affiliated with The Open University.< Less