By: James Otis (1848-1912)
Richard of Jamestown: A Story of the Virginia Colony
Richard of Jamestown by James Otis was written for children with the purpose to show them the daily home life of the Virginia colonists. It is written from the viewpoint of a young boy named Richard Mutton.
Ruth of Boston: A Story of the Massachusetts Bay Colony
James Otis wrote a series of books depicting life in the new colonies, written from a child’s point of view. Ruth of Boston is the story of 12 year old Ruth, coming from London to live in the Massachusetts Bay Colony. It gives accounts of what a girl’s daily life might have been like during the beginnings of this colony.
Toby Tyler or Ten Weeks with a Circus
Toby Tyler tells the story of a ten year-old orphan who runs away from a foster home to join the traveling circus only to discover his new employer is a cruel taskmaster. The difference between the romance of the circus from the outside and the reality as seen from the inside is graphically depicted. Toby's friend, Mr. Stubbs the chimpanzee, reinforces the consequences of what happens when one follows one's natural instincts rather than one's intellect and conscience, a central theme of the novel.
|The Boys of '98
|Left Behind or, Ten Days a Newsboy
|Corporal 'Lige's Recruit A Story of Crown Point and Ticonderoga
|The Princess and Joe Potter
|Under the Liberty Tree A Story of The 'Boston Massacre'
|An Amateur Fireman
|Ralph Gurney's Oil Speculation
|On the Kentucky Frontier A Story of the Fighting Pioneers of the West
|The Club at Crow's Corner
|The Minute Boys of the Mohawk Valley
|Commodore Barney's Young Spies A Boy's Story of the Burning of the City of Washington
|Defending the Island A story of Bar Harbor in 1758
|The Minute Boys of Boston
|Messenger No. 48
|Toby Tyler Or, Ten Weeks with a Circus
|Down the Slope
|The Search for the Silver City A Tale of Adventure in Yucatan
|The Minute Boys of York Town
|A Runaway Brig; or, An Accidental Cruise
|Neal, the Miller A Son of Liberty
|Teddy and Carrots Two Merchants of Newpaper Row
|Dick in the Desert
|Mr. Stubbs's Brother A Sequel to 'Toby Tyler'
|A District Messenger Boy and a Necktie Party
|Aunt Hannah and Seth