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Rough and Ready

Jr. Horatio Alger

Book Overview: 

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.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Rose speedily made the change, and emerged into the street with her old dress rolled up in a bundle.


"Where are we going, Rufus?" asked Rose, as they left the subterranean shop.

"That's what I'm trying to think, Rose," said her brother, not a little perplexed.

To tell the truth, Rough and Ready had acted from impulse, and without any well-defined plan in his mind. He had resolved to take Rose from her old home, if it deserved the name, and for reasons which the reader will no doubt pronounce sufficient; but he had not yet had time to consider where they should live in future.

This was a puzzling question.

If the newsboy had been a capitalist, or in receipt of a handsome income, the question would have been a very simple one. He would only need to have bought a "Morning Herald," and, from the long list of boarding a. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Readers of Alger must suspend their disbelief on a regular basis, but the one thing I have found most unbelievable in any Alger book, and which compromised my enjoyment of this one, is the idea that New York street urchins would nickname one of their own "Rough and Ready."