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An impoverished family discovers a child on their doorstep and undertakes to raise the infant. That is the setting for an adventure of kidnapping, phony medicine, and heroic action. In the Brave and Bold Series.

This edition of the book contains four original illustrations, carefully rejuvenated, and seven additional place- and time-relevant illustrations that are unique to this edition.

Horatio Alger, Jr. (January 13, 1832 – July 18, 1899) was a prolific 19th-century American author, best known for his many formulaic juvenile novels about impoverished boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of middle-class security and comfort through hard work, determination, courage, and honesty. His writings were characterized by the "rags-to-riches" narrative, which had a formative effect on America during the Gilded Age.

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