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Oliver Optic

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Without knowing any thing particular about the Burlington boy, he had taken an intense dislike to him; but he had no suspicion that he was the person who had interfered with his operations in the woods the night before. He hastened down to the wharf, where he found the little steamer that he had seen struggling with the big waves in the lower bay.

"You have had a rough time of it," said Pearl to a man he found on the deck of the boat.[Pg 74]

"Rather rough; but we came through all right," replied the man.

"What boat is this?" inquired the thief-taker, as he already regarded himself.

"This is the Missisquoi. A man in Plattsburgh bought her, and I came to fetch her over; but he won't be here till to-morrow night," replied the temporary skipper. "I fetched over a lot of boys from Burlington, and they made things lively on the way."

"Do you know a boy in Burlington by the name of Theodore Dornwood?" asked Pearl.

"Well, I. . . Read More

Community Reviews

While the theme and plot of this book were good, I felt that the author could have improved his writing with character development and description.

I learned of the author Oliver Optic in a book on the history of libraries. Writing in the late 1800's and early 1900's Optic was the most hated author by most librarians because he wrote popular literature that children actually wanted to read, as opposed to the books that librarians thought should