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Toby Tyler; Or, Ten Weeks with a Circus (Dodo Press)
Toby Tyler; Or, Ten Weeks with a Circus (Dodo Press) | James Otis
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James Otis Kaler (1848-1912) was an American journalist and author of children's literature. He used the pen name James Otis. He got a job with the Boston Journal when he was in his teens. Later, he went on to work as a journalist or editor for various newspapers, a superintendent at schools, and a publicity man at a circus. In 1880, under the pen name James Otis, he authored his first children's book, Toby Tyler; or, Ten Weeks with a Circus, a story about an orphan who runs away to join the circus. Following the book's success he went on to author numerous other children's books. After spending several years in the southeastern states, he returned to Maine to become the first superintendent in South Portland. His other works include Left Behind; or, Ten Days a Newsboy (1885), The Search for the Silver City: A Tale of Adventure in Yucatan (1893), A District Messenger Boy and a Necktie Party (1898), Messenger No. 48 (1899), The Minute Boys of the Mohawk Valley (1905), and Richard of Jamestown (1910).
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LibrarianRyan
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This was my favorite movie growing up. I had NO idea it was a book. It was a Disney movie so it figures. Tripped over this furring the picture book project. It's not in good enough shape for me to use but it is for me to read!!

Plus if you turn it over it has Washington Irving stories.

mabell I have it with the Disney movie tie in cover 😄 1y
LibrarianRyan @mabell owoooooo. 😜 1y
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ReadZenRites
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A #Bildungsroman is a coming-of-age story, in which character change is extremely important. The 1923 copy of Toby Tyler above is just such a book. Originally printed in serial form in Harper‘s Bazaar in 1877, I‘m pretty sure this story is the genesis of my parents‘ oft asked question, “What are you going to do about it, join the circus?”

As I suspected & poor Toby found out, the circus is no place for a kid!

#OldCoolBooks #bildungsroman

CoverToCoverGirl Great choice! 😍 1y
DebinHawaii Great pick! I remember watching the old Disney movie growing up. Nostalgia! 🤗 1y
Linsy Love it! 🙌 1y
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