Johnny Tremain Author:Esther Forbes The story begins in the Boston silver smith shop of Ephraim Lapham, where Johnny Tremain is a promising young apprentice to Mr. Lapham. The Lapham shop soon receives a challenging order from prominent merchant John Hancock. While preparing Hancock's order, Johnny's hand is badly burned through the trickery of another apprentice, cripplin... more »g it beyond use. With only one good hand, Johnny can no longer be a silversmith. He is forced to find a living elsewhere.
After a series of unfortunate false starts and a failed appeal to wealthy relatives, Johnny settles into a job with a newspaper, the Boston Observer. The Observer is a Whig publication, and under its employ Johnny is introduced to the larger world of pre-revolutionary Boston politics. As months go by and tension between Whigs and Tories rises, Johnny evolves to become a dedicated Whig himself. Johnny matures and reevaluates many personal relationships, including that with Cilla, who becomes a trusted friend and fellow Whig.
The novel reaches its climax with the outbreak and immediate aftermath of the Battles of Lexingon and Concord.
The novel concludes on a note of hopefulness for the future. Although the beginning of the war has wrought great death and destruction, American Patriots have defeated the British army and surrounded Boston, a doctor will have mended Johnny's hand, and Cilla and Johnny have exchanged their first kiss.« less