Childhood Favorites is a monthly series focusing on beloved books from the past.
Donald Zolan, Quiet Time.
The Iron Peacock. When the English defeated the Scots at the Battle of Dunbar in 1650, many Scotsmen were captured and brought to America as indentured servants. Many of those men were sold to the Saugus Iron Works as servants for a period of 7 years. The Iron Peacock fictionalizes the historical account of the Iron Works. Joanna Sprague and her father flee England aboard a ship taking indentured Scots to America. When her father dies aboard ship, Joanna is unable to pay the rest of her fare and is also sold as an indentured servant to the Iron Master. She meets Ross McCrae, a young Scottish piper, also indentured.
Piper to the Clan. Is a prequel of sorts to The Iron Peacock and tells Ross McCrae's story before he's forced to leave Scotland.
The Glass Phoenix. Set in the mid 1800s at the Sandwich Glass Works. Ben Tate has always been fascinated with glass and the miracles of glass pressing, the formulas for achieving different colors. Accidentally acquiring a previously unknown formula for making red glass, Ben triggers an unimaginable chain of events.
What about you? What is one of your childhood favorites?