Only an Irish Boy

Horatio Alger

Andy Burke is as witty as he is hard-working, even if he is "only an Irish boy!"

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Andy Burke is a 15-year-old Irish boy who is meeting up with his mother in a village in the countryside, where she is working as a domestic in a house with a wonderful father named Colonel Preston. But the house also includes the colonel’s mean-spirited wife and an absolutely awful teenaged son. Andy finds work at another house and then has a series of adventures that involve guns and robbers and horses. There is a will that is read at the end of the book that affects Andy and his mother forever.

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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