The Iron Peacock by Mary Stetson Clarke

The Iron Peacock

By Mary Stetson Clarke
Level 7

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.

(Reviewed by Jenny Phillips)

Region North America
Period 17th Century
Genre Historical Fiction
The Good and the Beautiful Library No
  • 4.5 Entertainment Value
  • 5 Moral Value
  • 5 Educational Value
  • 4.5 Literary Value
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