is that boys and girls have been the same in all ages of the world. They have grown better, of course, as the world has progressed—I and optimist enough to believe that—but their essential natures are the same. In writing for them, it is my endeavor to throw aside the dead bones of history, and to put a living, everyday interest into the historical story. I believe in leading children gradually, and that you cannot begin too early with healthful and instructive reading, especially that of a patriotic nature. I like to work for the boys and girls; it is very satisfactory in many ways, though there are some discouragements. One thing I never do, and that is “write down” to children; they know more than their elders give them credit for, and the proper way is to write to lift them up. Most of my books lean toward the boys. Girls will read a boy's book, but boys, as a rule, won't look at a book that is intended for girls. I have now as many as fifteen books in my mind which I hope in time to write.Since this remark, made nearly seven years ago, Mr. Brooks has completed about a score of books. One of his most popular volumes, ‘The Century Book for Young Americans,’ an extremely readable book on the American government, which was issued a few years ago by the Century company, had the unprecedented sale of 20,000 volumes in the first three months after its publication. In December, 1891, Mr. Brooks wrote a prize story, published
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