Horatio Alger, Jr. was a prolific American author of the 19-th century. 'Chester Rand' is a social novel which represents a bright example of Horatio Alger's writing style. As in his many other books the central figure of the story is poor boy. Chester Rand lives with his mother in a small cottage not far from a church. His father has died leaving them an amount of money the last part of which is now spent on the coal for the coming winter. The situation seems rather hopeless but our hero is just not the kind who gives up so easily… Will he manage to find his way to fortune? Read this brilliant story and you will know!