In the years between Appomattox and Sarajevo many young readers took their leisure pleasures from the pages of hardbacked novelettes. More respectable, to parents at least, than the "dime novel," the novellas exploded with the heady escapades of fictional boys and girls whose mental and physical reserves were unlimited. Descended from earlier models created by Martha Finley and William T. Adams— and rooted in the "success" ethos popularized by Horatio Alger, Jr.— the series published after 1898 outdid their prototypes in every aspect but quality.
Soderbergh, Peter A.
"Florida's Image in Juvenile Fiction, 1909-1914,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 51:
2, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol51/iss2/6