Novels about orphans who won fame, fortune, and family were a staple of popular literature of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Sandy by Alice Hegan Rice
New York: The Century Co., 1905. Project Gutenberg ebook # 14079. 1905 bestseller #2. My grade: C.
The novel opens with Sandy Kilday, age 16, stowing away on a ship bound for America. He’s been on his own since age 14 when he ran away from nasty relatives.
When he gets off the ship, Sandy gives up plans of medicine and goes off with the crook who is going to Kentucky where the pretty girl lives.
After exciting adventures, such as losing his kitten, Sandy is taken in by Judge and Mrs. Hollis in Clayton, Kentucky, which is where the pretty girl lives.
Sandy has more exciting adventures, such as having to sit out most of a dance with a girl he doesn’t like, before he can prove his heroism.
By the time the novel ends, Sandy is a married lawyer with the maturity of a 10-year-old.
Rice’s novel reads like a collaborative project by an elementary school writers’ group.
Adult readers should seek entertainment elsewhere.
© 2015 Linda Gorton Aragoni