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“Bound to be True”:
Hans Brinker by Mary Mapes Dodge

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by Michael F. Bishop

Ravaged by the Civil War that had just ended, with 750,000 soldiers never to come home and a beloved president murdered in the moment of victory, the United States needed a pleasant distraction in 1865. It received one in the unlikely form of a children’s novel about a young boy in the Netherlands determined to win an ice-skating race.


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