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Johnny Tremain (Yearling Newbery)

  Author(s) & Illustrator(s): Esther Forbes, Lynd Ward

  Edition: Paperback -- Plot Summary and Book Review

Johnny Tremain (Paperback)    

  • "Johnny Tremain" by Esther Forbes, winner of the 1944 Newbery Medal, is one of the best historical fiction novels ever written for young adults. The main character of this classic book is Johnny Tremain, a sharp, arrogant and observant 14-year-old silversmith's apprentice in Boston. After an accident cripples his hand, the boy meets his best friend Rab Silsbee and gets a new job delivering newspaper for the Boston Observer. Johnny serves as a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the days leading to the American Revolution War and becomes acquainted with historical figures like John Hancock, Samuel Adams, Paul Revere and Dr. Warren. Johnny and Rab get intimately involved in the Boston Tea Party. Rab then joins the Minutemen and was shot by British soldiers during the Battle of Lexington at the start of the Revolutionary War. Teens in 7th grade and up will enjoy this moving story.
  • Reading Level: young adult
  • Paperback, 336 pages
  • ISBN: 0440442508
  • Publisher: Yearling Books
  • Genre: Fiction - Historical Fiction
  • Book Theme: American Revolutionary War

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