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Product Details

  • Paperback: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Echo Library (August 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406806641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406806649
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,312,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

5 1/2 x 8 1/2 trim. 71 drawings. LC 96-1905 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

THOMAS ALDRICH BAILEY (1836-1907), a native of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was editor of such publications as Atlantic Monthly and the New York Illustrated News. A poet and writer, he was also the author of many novels and volumes of verse.

A.B. FROST (1851-1928), a renowned and prolific American artist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, illustrated over ninety books and created hundreds of paintings and prints.

DAVID WATTERS, Professor of English at the University of New Hampshire, is the author of books and articles on New England gravestone carving, literature, and history. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

Customer Reviews

The boyhood dialogue is excellent and rings true.
Bomojaz
The book ignited a passions for reading and writing in me that led to a career in news reporting and later book editing.
Silence Dogood
It was a wonderful, fast-moving story of a young boy's experiences in a New England town.
Chloe I. Weaver

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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 29, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Story of a Bad Boy is one of my favorite books. It's interesting, humorous, and touching, and gives you an inside look at the life of a boy in Massachusetts in the early 1800s. I love the author's style of writing. It seems to make the story all the more humorous, and brings you back to those olden days. I also love this book because it's a true story, and this kid led a life full of adventures and mishaps. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoyed Tom Sawyer because these two books are similar, and the two boys have the same type of mischievous personalities. Yet in spite of similarities, Bad Boy is unique because it's true.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bomojaz on February 18, 2005
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This neat little novel is written in the tradition of Tom Sawyer, though it appeared 5 years earlier than Twain's classic. It's about all the mischief, chivalry, loyalty, and pluck of a young boy's life. Aldrich is in love with his material and revels in all the antics his characters get involved in. The snowball fight is a gem. The boyhood dialogue is excellent and rings true.
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Downright Fun. We visited Aldrich's home in Strawberry Banke (Portsmouth, NH) and were told about this book, long out-of-print. I enjoyed it immensely, having been a boy myself, long ago. I especially enjoyed it on my Amazon Fire, since some of the words were obsolete to our speech, and I easily found the definition and more as needed. I would recommend it to all little boys of retirement age to get a taste of life in the first half of the 1800's. I think we can all find a little bit of ourselves in Tom Aldrich.
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I really liked the short story. It is a fun read, no complicated underlying themes, good writing style, fun story. Nothing really special but for sure worth spending time on. Is not really long so can be finished in a east-to-west-coast flight. Although the story happens in the early 19th century boys will be boys; most people in their early forties will recognize themselves in the feelings and development of young Tom.
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Wonderful book that my grandmother in Portsmouth NH originally gave me - I only found out later that Thomas Bailey Aldritch was a friend and contemporary or Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) - and that the "Story of a Bad Boy" in part triggered Clemens to go back and dig Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn out of his own child hood experiences. Fascinating study of how kids think and talk together, fascinating real time look at what life was like in 1800's sea costal New England, wonderfully written and absorbing story. Great for kids and adults alike

Kurt Goodwin
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By H. Clausen on February 5, 2014
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My 9 year old daughter loved this book. It's on her home school reading list; a good one!
I would recommend it.
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By Cheri S. on January 4, 2014
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I really enjoyed the story of not so bad boy. But since all boys are bad he isa bad boy.
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Reading The Story of a Bad Boy is like a fascinating visit with an amiable old uncle, listening to him tell about when he was a boy. By the way, he was not a terribly bad boy, but a real human boy who occasionally got into scrapes. It would make a fun read-aloud for my boys.
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