The Black Angels
Maud Hart Lovelace - author of six historical fiction novels and eighteen children's, is internationally known for the Betsy-Tacy children's books.The Black Angels was her first novel, published in 1926. This fascinating story is set in Minnesota in the days before the Civil War.
They were called the Black Angels from the time they first appeared in Minnesota, a crew of black-haired, bright-eyed youngsters, so unlike their flaxen haired father - seven of them there were, and each one forever singing, except Joseph, who could not tell one note from another. Music was a passion with them from childhood. Small wonder, then, that they greeted with enthusiasm Benjy's plan for an Operatic and Concert Troupe; or that they set out with high hearts upon the venture, thinking their old covered wagon a golden caravan.
(from the original 1926 book jacket)