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Only an Irish Boy, by Horatio Alger Jr.

This book, Only an Irish Boy, by Horatio Alger Jr., is fictional literature.

Everything About Only an Irish Boy

Below, we give a brief overview of the book and links to where you can read it (some are FREE). We’ve also included our findings online for activities, quizzes, and worksheets related to the book. And don’t forget the links to more encyclopedic information for historical content in the book. All of the work has been done for you, and it’s all here! *Occasionally, we will update the resources for this book; so, check back in, or sign up for the MiniMize Newsletter.

The Pictures from Only an Irish Boy

Only an Irish Boy, by Horatio Alger, Jr, book cover

Before we begin, I would like to point out the pictures in this article.

All were taken from the Internet Archive version of Only an Irish Boy, found here.

Cover art and title page for this edition of Only an Irish Boy were presumably made by the publisherA.L. Burt Company.

The five black and white illustrations are by J. Watson Davis.

I’d like to thank the University of California Libraries and the University of California, Berkley for making this book and its illustrations available online to the public.

To see all of the pictures found for this book, go here.

Subjects Covered in Only an Irish Boy, by Horatio Alger Jr.

There are two subjects covered by Only an Irish Boy; Or, Andy Burke’s Fortunes.

These subjects are Literature and Social Studies/Good Citizenship.

This book tackles cultural and racial prejudices and helps the reader understand social acceptability.

Reading Level of Only an Irish Boy

Only an Irish Boy; Or, Andy Burke’s Fortunes, by Horatio Alger Jr, is appropriate for Children and Middle-Grade readers.

This means that it can be read from approximately 2nd grade into adulthood; or at around 8 years of age.

However, some readers who haven’t been exposed to rich literature may struggle with vocabulary and need a dictionary while reading.

Placement In the MiniMize Book List

Only an Irish Boy, by Horatio Alger Jr, is book number 31 in the MiniMize Homeschool book list.

This places it in the Elementary Level.

The book is the 5th book to be read during Year 2 of school.

Book Content

Only an Irish Boy follows Andy, a poor Irish boy, as he tries to improve the life of his family.

Set during the time when Irish immigrants in the U. S. were looked down upon, Andy battles social stigma.

Readers will learn about socially acceptable behavior, personal responsibility, and the virtues that lead to success.

For a thorough summary of the plot, see this by John A. Geck.

Chapters – Only an Irish Boy; Or, Andy Burke’s Fortunes

Only an Irish Boy contains 36 Chapters. The chapter titles, taken from the Gutenberg book (below), are as follows:

CHAPTER I — ANDY BURKE

Only an Irish Boy, title page.

CHAPTER II — A SKIRMISH

CHAPTER III — ANDY AND HIS MOTHER

CHAPTER IV — MRS. PRESTON

CHAPTER V — A PROFITABLE JOB

CHAPTER VI — THE TWO OLD MAIDS

CHAPTER VII — ANDY OBTAINS A PLACE

CHAPTER VIII — THE MIDNIGHT ALARM

CHAPTER IX — WHAT FOLLOWED

CHAPTER X — ANDY’S DEBUT AT SCHOOL

CHAPTER XI — A GAME OF BALL

CHAPTER XII — A LITTLE DIFFICULTY

CHAPTER XIII — GODFREY’S REBELLION

CHAPTER XIV — MR. STONE IS CALLED TO ACCOUNT

CHAPTER XV — MRS. PRESTON’S DISCOMFITURE

CHAPTER XVI — THE CHRISTMAS PRESENT

CHAPTER XVII — INTRODUCES AN ADVENTURER

CHAPTER XVIII — RIDING WITH A HIGHWAYMAN

CHAPTER XIX — BAFFLED A ROBBER

CHAPTER XX — HOW THE NEWS WAS RECEIVED

CHAPTER XXI — A MODEL WIFE

CHAPTER XXII — COLONEL PRESTON’S RECOVERY

CHAPTER XXIII — MRS. BURKE HAS GOOD FORTUNE

CHAPTER XXIV — ANDY’S JOURNEY

CHAPTER XXV — THE MERCHANT FROM PORTLAND

CHAPTER XXVI — SPINNING THE WEB

CHAPTER XXVII — THE DROP GAME

CHAPTER XXVIII — THE GUEST OF TWO HOTELS

CHAPTER XXIX — A STARTLING EVENT

CHAPTER XXX — COLONEL PRESTON’S WILL

CHAPTER XXXI — MRS. PRESTON’S INTENTIONS

CHAPTER XXXII — MRS. PRESTON’S REVENGE

CHAPTER XXXIII — ANDY LOSES HIS PLACE

CHAPTER XXXIV — THE WILL AT LAST

CHAPTER XXXV — MRS. PRESTON IS UNPLEASANTLY SURPRISED

CHAPTER XXXVI — ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL

Activities for Beric the Briton

Only an Irish Boy illustration, "The Officer Seized the Man by the Collar ..."

Only an Irish Boy, has no existing activities to accompany the book.

We tried the terms test, quiz, activities, reading guide, study guide, and other combinations of words.

Unfortunately, we only found links to e-books and used booksellers.

However, I did discover that there was a Horatio Alger musical called Shine! Listen to some of the Roger Anderson & Lee Goldsmith – Topic soundtracks, here.

A MiniMize Worksheet

There is some hope, though.

The MiniMize Life is creating a fill in the blank worksheet for Only an Irish Boy, by Horatio Alger Jr.

This worksheet will contain 4 pages with 36 days of activities and a total of 36 questions in all. There’s one question for each chapter.

An Answer Key is also attached at the end of the worksheet.

How the Worksheet Works

This worksheet will guide a student through reading the book and prompt them to complete a simple activity.

The student will begin each day by reading the day’s first question and the corresponding chapter.

Next, they will find the sentence in the chapter and fill in the missing words.

Student Instructions

Instructions on the MiniMize Worksheet for Only an Irish Boy, by Horatio Alger Jr., state the following.

Number 1, below, is a sentence from Chapter 1, number 2 from Chapter 2, etc. Read the entire chapter, then find the sentence, below, in the Chapter. In the blanks, write the missing words.

Where Can I Get the MiniMize Worksheet?

The MiniMize Worksheet described above is currently in production.

This worksheet has been developed and is awaiting editing and copyright processes.

When these have been completed, The MiniMize Life will release the worksheet and make it available here.

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Read Only an Irish Boy, by Horatio Alger Jr.

If you just can’t wait to read Only an Irish Boy, The MiniMize Life has found it in multiple formats for you!

Below, you will find links to e-books, audiobooks, and other formats for free and for purchase.

Free E-Books

We all LOVE free stuff!

Below, are the MiniMize recommended e-books for Only an Irish Boy; Or, Andy Burke’s Fortunes, by Horatio Alger Jr. While free isn’t always better, we want to make sure that you can homeschool no matter what your financial situation might be.

Each section explains a little about the version and gives you a link to the FREE BOOK.

Gutenberg

Only an Irish Boy illustration, "Andy Sat Down and Began to Turn the Grindstone ..."

You must know, Gutenberg.org is all about free, open-source, and public domain.

This version of Only an Irish Boy works perfectly for many eReaders and devices.

The FREE e-book from Gutenberg can be found here.

A word of caution: the audio readings offered by Gutenberg sound a bit robotic. This is on purpose so that anyone can listen to the book no matter which operating system they use.

*This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.  You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org.

Internet Archive

The most beautiful collection of e-Books, Internet Archive, specializes in scanned versions of actual books.

Just be careful about missing pages. No matter how much we try to avoid this issue, sometimes it’s unavoidable with these old books.

You can read a FREE scanned copy of Only an Irish Boy at Internet Archive, here.

Google Books

If you like to keep your books in a Google Play account, then Google Books is for you.

You can find the FREE e-book on Google Books, here.

Audio Books

Want an audio version of the book?

They’re especially helpful on long car rides!

Check out the following source.

Audible, by Amazon

For those who like the Amazon Audible books, you can also get Only an Irish Boy narrated by Ben Gillman.

While Audible books are not usually free, they are affordable and are typically of better quality.

Find Only an Irish Boy on Audible, here.

Bound Books 

Sometimes, you just want to touch and smell a real book, right?

That’s what Amazon’s for!

When printing and binding the book yourself from one of the choices above doesn’t sound appealing, here’s the alternative.

If you prefer to buy Only an Irish Boy already bound and printed, you can purchase a copy on Amazon, here.

Kindle Book

We love how easy Kindles are. Just point, click, buy, and read.

If you need some of that convenience in your life, you can get the Kindle edition of this book, here.

Only an Irish Boy; Or, Andy Burke’s Fortunes, by Horatio Alger Jr.

That’s everything so far.

Remember, though, we will be updating this information from time to time.

Come back and visit, soon!

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