The Young Acrobat

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The Young Acrobat
Horatio Alger Jr.jpg
Alger, 1868
AuthorHoratio Alger, Jr.
Original titleThe Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreBoys' book
PublisherFrank A. Munsey
Publication date
1888
Media typePrint

The Young Acrobat of the Great North American Circus is a boys' book by Horatio Alger, Jr. It was first published in parts (serialization) in the magazine Golden Argosy in 1887. It was published as a book in 1888 by Frank A. Munsey of New York. The setting of the book was suggested to the writer by his friend, circus showman P. T. Barnum.[1]

Story[change | change source]

Kit, a young teen boy, is an orphan. He is cheated of his inheritance by his guardian. His guardian sends him off to work with a brutal, stupid blacksmith. The boy runs away. He joins the circus. He is followed by the blacksmith. The boy stays away from him. He becomes a big star in the circus. Later, he is restored to his rightful place with the help of a man who was his father's friend.

References[change | change source]

  1. Hoyt, Edwin. 1974. Horatio's Boys. Chilton Book Co. p. 145.