Susanna's Candlestick

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Susanna never wanted to leave the comfort and security of old England, but her strict Puritan father was determined to leave England for the Massachusetts Bay Colony, where he and his family could worship God as they pleased. Susanna had only one keepsake to bring to the wilderness of the New England: her silver candlestick. But when a gypsy foretold, "The light will show you the way," her candlestick seemed very special indeed.

Susanna carries her candlestick through a long, ...

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Overview

Susanna never wanted to leave the comfort and security of old England, but her strict Puritan father was determined to leave England for the Massachusetts Bay Colony, where he and his family could worship God as they pleased. Susanna had only one keepsake to bring to the wilderness of the New England: her silver candlestick. But when a gypsy foretold, "The light will show you the way," her candlestick seemed very special indeed.

Susanna carries her candlestick through a long, hard journey filled with danger and excitement in a strange, wild land. She meets kindness and cruelty, understanding and prejudice, until at last she finds in the gypsy's words an unexpected meaning.

Lillie V. Albrecht, the author of many historical books for young readers, has written a story that is both enthralling and authentic in its portrayal of life in the New England of 1663. Her book is an excellent supplement for study of the very early colonial period, but most youngsters will read it for sheer pleasure.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781484987407
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publication date: 5/20/2013
  • Pages: 108
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Lillie V. Albrecht (1894-1985), a descendant of seventeenth-century English Puritans, Nantucket Quakers, and Dutch settlers on Long Island, began working as assistant children's librarian at the Westfield Athenaeum in Westfield, Massachusetts, in 1927, and was the first curator of its Edwin Smith Historical Museum, serving from 1928 to 1952. The museum's Colonial Kitchen is now named after her.

The Albrechts lived for many years in Westfield, where Mrs. Albrecht became interested in the town's three centuries of history. It was to teach history that she first started writing short stories for children set among the real people and places of western Massachusetts and created the story of fictional antique doll Deborah.

The stories she wrote about Deborah's adventures in Westfield's history eventually became the full-length children's book _Deborah Remembers_. Publishers at first turned down a book about a doll's memoirs, but encouraged Mrs. Albrecht to write more historical children's stories. She then wrote _Hannah's Hessian_, which appeared in 1958 and was an immediate success; soon her publisher was eager to publish _Deborah Remembers_, which has since become the best-known of her books. _Deborah_ was followed by three more stories set in Westfield and western Massachusetts in the colonial and Revolutionary eras, _The Grist Mill Secret_, _The Spinning Wheel Secret_, and _Susanna's Candlestick_.

Mrs. Albrecht's granddaughter, historical author Susanne Alleyn, is delighted to bring Lillie V. Albrecht's books, with additional annotations and background, to a new generation of young readers.

Susanne Alleyn (editor & notes) is the author of _A Far Better Rest_, a retelling of Charles Dickens' classic novel A Tale of Two Cities; the Aristide Ravel historical mystery series, set in Paris during the French Revolution; the nonfiction _Medieval Underpants and Other Blunders: A Writer's (and Editor's) Guide to Keeping Historical Fiction Free of Common Anachronisms, Errors, and Myths_; and _The Executioner's Heir: A Novel of Eighteenth-Century France_. Visit her or contact her at www.susannealleyn.com .

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