The Iron Peacock
This historical fiction novel, published in 1966, is lesser known but is a fantastic book. While 16-year-old Joanna and her father are sailing from England to Boston, her father dies on the ship, leaving her orphaned. Joanna is forced to become an indentured servant working for the master of the Iron Works in Saugus, Massachusetts. This book gives a good picture of what it was like to be an indentured servant in Colonial America. Positive messages include finding contentment in any situation, courage, and kindness. Parents should be aware that there is a slight bit of romance in this book. However, it is very pure and wholesome, and there is not even any kissing.
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