James Otis Kaler, known under pen name James Otis, was an American journalist and author of children’s literature, published over the 150 books for young readers. “Ruth of Boston” is a children’s novel, first published in 1910. The action takes place during the early years of the North American colonies and the reader learns the story of a twelve-year old girl, met with the difficulties of the first few years of settlement in the New World. In the words of author, the purpose of this series of stories is to show to children, and even those who have already taken up the study of history, the home life of the colonists with whom they meet in their books. James Otis Kaler wrote the book in which the real historical events are presented by the side of private life. It may become the good start to acquaintance with American history for your children. Enjoy the reading!
The manuscript of this story was written by Ezra McKnight, a cousin of that Stephen Decatur McKnight of Hartford, Connecticut, who was captured after the action between the Essex and the Phœbe and Cherub, and with a companion named James Lyman went to Rio de Janeiro as exchanged prisoners of war. From that port, according…
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