Bound To Rise

Horatio Alger

In "Bound to Rise" Harry Walton follows in the footsteps of his hero, Benjamin Franklin, and secures a job at a printing business.

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This story involves the original Walton family — 150 years before the television show of the same name — and their son, Harry, who was determined to rise out of the poverty that he had grown up in on the family farm in New Hampshire. He received the top academic prize in his one-room school house, which was a biography of Benjamin Franklin. He was inspired by Franklin to go out and make it in the world and then return home to help his father out of a jam that could have sent the family to the poorhouse.

Classic Excerpts

“A boy who is thrown upon his own guardianship and his own resources develops manliness and self-reliance sooner than at home.”

From The Young Adventurer

“Suddenly Andy made a spurt and forged ahead of Conrad. The young aristocrat could hardly believe his eyes when he saw Valentine’s boat, impelled by a competitor whom he had despised, take the leading place. He flushed with vexation and made a desperate effort to regain his lost position.”

From Andy Grant’s Pluck

“You must remember, my dear boy, that hard work is better than luck, and more to be relied upon. Don’t expect to make your fortune all at once by finding a big nugget, but work steadily, and you will meet with more or less success.”

From The Young Miner

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