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Johnny Tremain
Johnny Tremain
Author: Esther Forbes
A story filled with danger and excitemnet, Johnny Tremain tells of the turbulent, passionate times in Boston just before the Revolutionary War. Johnny, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in a dramatic involvement with James Otis, John Hancock, and John and Samuel Adams. Johnny is swpt along by the powerful currents tha will lead to th...  more »
ISBN: 52019
Pages: 256
  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.

3.5 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Yearling Newbery
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 4
I truly enjoyed Johnny Tremain which was a 1944 Newbery Award winning book. This book is historical fiction, set during the beginning of the American Revolution. The weaving in of historical figures such as Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, and John Hancock was quite interesting and lended a great deal of authenticity to the book. The build-up of tension in the colonies to the point of the first battle of the American Revolution was quite intense.

Johnny Tremain is also a wonderful story about the transition of an arrogant, self-centered boy into a sensitive teenager. Johnny Tremain is the apprentice to a silversmith and he is far and away one of the best silversmith apprentices in the area. He is also attractive, strong, and intelligent. The combination of gifts in his life make him overly proud and often unkind to those around him.

Due to a practical joke that goes horribly wrong, Johnny loses the use of his right hand for any kind of detail work. Therefore, all of his dreams of becoming a silversmith are destroyed. The challenges he encounters as he deals with his new limitations and the kind and evil people he meets combine to slowly change Johnny's personality for the better.

I highly recommend the book to anybody who enjoys excellent historical fiction.
reviewed Johnny Tremain on + 8 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Classic coming-of-age tale set in Revolutionary-era colonies. Great for ages 10 and up. Makes history come alive!
SouthernChelz avatar reviewed Johnny Tremain on + 216 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
A great book to read aloud to one another as a family or just read by yourself. Tells the story of one boy's life in the time of the revolution of our country. He was filled with a pride that was brought low. His character developed into someone who could go on after a tragedy and be a benefit to those around him. Nothing boring in this book and will keep you turning the pages until the end.
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Helpful Score: 2
A fantasticly written book on the life of a young boy during the American Revolution.
buzzby avatar reviewed Johnny Tremain on + 6062 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Written in 1941, great children's historical fiction, probably for students from 4th grade on. I liked it partly because it follows what we know about Boston at the time, and as far as I know, Esther Forbes did not feel it necessary to change dates, events, or characters to tell the story.
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reviewed Johnny Tremain on + 21 more book reviews
This is a great book! I really came to find a new understanding of this time period through the book. It is like a history book in the guise of a novel. A wonderful book for anyone who loves history. You won't be disappointed.


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