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Johnny Tremain
Johnny Tremain
Author: Esther Forbes, Lynd Ward (Illustrator)
Johnny Tremain, winner of the 1943 Newbery Medal, is one of the finest historical novels ever written for children. As compelling today as it was fifty years ago, to read this riveting novel is to live through the defining events leading up to the American Revolutionary War seen through the eyes of a boy who turns in his smithing tools to take u...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780440442509
ISBN-10: 0440442508
Publication Date: 5/1/1987
Pages: 288
Reading Level: Ages 9-12
Rating:
  • Currently 4.1/5 Stars.
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4.1 stars, based on 160 ratings
Publisher: Yearling
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.
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Helpful Score: 3
Classic coming-of-age tale set in Revolutionary-era colonies. Great for ages 10 and up. Makes history come alive!
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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.
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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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Fascinating adventure! Couldn't put it down. (Oh--and education.)
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One of my favorite books from childhood, I'm glad it's still popular.


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