"George sat on the couch, holding a book called Mark the Match Boy open on his lap with his injured hand and an apple in the other. "

Horatio Alger, Jr. was an American author of over 100 boys’ rags-to-riches stories whose heroes lead exemplary lives, succeeding in the face of adversity and poverty.  Published in 1869, "Mark the Match Boy" was the third of six volumes in the Ragged Dick Series.

The Horatio Alger Association was founded in 1947 and continues to this day. It provides scholarships and gives awards to promote the “belief that hard work, honesty and determination can conquer all obstacles.”