The Iron Peacock by Mary Stetson Clarke

The Iron Peacock

Joanna Sprague's last link with her happy, gracious life in England was broken on a bleak and stormy day in 1650 when her father was buried at sea. He died on the voyage that was to take them, refugees from Cromwell's a new life in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Now at the age of 16, penniless and alone, Joanna faced life as a bondservant, for her father had been unable to pay the full cost of their passage...But there was little ...

Details The Iron Peacock

TitleThe Iron Peacock
Release DateJun 1st, 1966
PublisherViking Press
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Academic, School, Fiction

Reviews The Iron Peacock

  • Stacy
    I don't know why, but I have vivid memories of discovering this book on one of our bi-weekly childhood pilgrimages to the public library. (The Betsy-Tacy books and the Narnia series are others that are indelibly linked to mental images of the children's room at our branch of the Richland County Public Library. Man, it was a great place.) I've found myself, in the many years since then, frequently recalling the book; I even tried to find a copy a ...
  • The other John
    This one is the tale of a young woman, Joanna, who is fleeing from Oliver Cromwell's England with her father. Her father dies on the journey over to New England and upon arrival in Boston, she finds herself sold as an indentured servant to cover the cost of their fare. Her service is bought by a Mr. John Gifford, owner of the iron works in the village of Hammersmith. The rest of the book tells the tale of Joanna's adjustment to life as a bondserv...
  • CLM
    When Joanna's father dies on their way to Colonial Massachusetts, her life of privilege ends and she is forced to become an indentured servant, working for the master of the Iron Works in Saugus, Massachusetts - in addition to coping with a devastating sense of loss. Can a delicate girl who has barely been in a kitchen endure four years of hard work to gain her freedom? Joanna knows she is fortunate to have the friendship and support of the Scots...
  • twice_baked✌️
    DISCLAIMER: the only reason I gave it four stars was because I really liked it (four stars), but I read the prequel first and that's why the book was ruined for me - I still really liked it, but the prequel, to me, was amazing (five stars), and I couldn't really say this was the same. So,WARNING: for those of you who want to love this book, do not do not read the prequel until you've finished this book. Actually, FOR ANYONE who is going to read t...
  • Kristen Smith
    From the high reviews, I was expecting a little more than what this turned out to be. Basically, it's a "what life was like back then" book and an excuse for a romance, which turns out to be rather understated. The characters are little more than a vehicle for this type of book, though it ends up being a decent read. I would rate it second-tier--likable and enjoyable, but not lovable.
  • Amy
    How have I not reviewed this book before? Its one of my favorites. Joanna is a young woman forced into indentured servetude in the colonies near the end of the sixteen hundreds. Dreading the prospect of wasting four years of her life, "The Iron Peacock" is the story of a 16 year old young woman who must discover what it means to be happy in all circumstances, stand up against racism, and perhaps even fall in love.
  • Jo
    This was a very interesting book.It was historical fiction. The Iron Peacock was about a 16 year old girl Scottish who was forced to go to america. life was hard for her at first,but she met people who did not care she was Scottish. Read this book to find out, if she adjusts to life in a puritan village and if she makes a life of her own. This is a must read tale.
  • Lisa
    Told from the point of view of a young Royalist and supporter of the Church of England, this story paints a realistic portrait of a community of staunch Puritans trying to make a new life in the wilderness of 17th century Massachusetts.
  • Sarah
    This book was amazing!It was exciting, captivating, and romantic!It was such a great book that I'm a little sad it had to come to an end but I love the way it ended!If I could give this book 7 or more stars I would!A must read!
  • Shelli
    Gives a good picture of what it was like to be a bondsmen in colonial america. When given an opportunity to run-away or fulfill a 7-year contract, the choice is made to stay, by a character bent on being his "own man". A good book to teach contentment in all situations.
  • Amanda
    I read this book in 7th or 8th grade, so I don't remember much about the writing style. However, forever imprinted in my memory is this beautiful story reflecting the American Dream. Definitely deserves a re-read in the near future.
  • Ally McKinnis
    Second best book I have ever read! 1. Chataine's Gaurdian2. The Iron Peacock3. Castaways of the Flying Dutchman
  • Amy Lawrence
    Very enjoyable and interesting story about real history. My 7th grader loved it and I read it on his urging. Wonderful vocabulary, vivid development of an interesting part of early American history.
  • Samuela
    it was amazing... i love this book! from until now this is my fav book i've read in the year 2015
  • Emma Hinkle
    Loved it. Absolutely loved it.
  • Anajoy-rusticgirl
    I love this book!
  • Gina
    It's been a long time since reading, but I liked it pretty well. Probably good for anyone who liked The Witch of Blackbird Pond.
  • Alisha
    This was okay. It was interesting in terms of setting and historical background, but I didn't find the plot to be terribly compelling.
  • Elly Gard
    I enjoyed this book because I loved the main character's personality. During this time in history, it is rare to find a girl/woman who is strong willed and brave, but Joanna has both those values.
  • Adelle
    What a sweet, innocent love story! Also a book of triumph over the things that could easily pull us down.
  • Katy Wood
    I remember discovering this book in 5th or 6th grade. As an adult, I would love to revisit it.
  • Rusticgirl
    the BEST book in the world.
  • Katherine
    In 1650, a refugee of Cromwell becomes an indentured servant in Massachusetts at an Iron Works. The skill she develops in her work and her kindness brings her friendships in this new land.
  • Joanna Mugglin
    I found the story very interesting and I loved that the protagonist's name is Joanna. :)
  • Elizabeth
    Interesting! The ending was very sweet!
  • Noelle
    This was such a great story!!