Johnny Tremain

by Esther Forbes

Random House Children's Publishing | November 3, 1987 | Mass Market Paperbound

Johnny Tremain is rated 4 out of 5 by 1.
Johnny Tremain, A young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in the danger and excitement of 1775 Boston, just before the Revolutionary War. Johnny can’t help but be swept along by the powerful currents that will lead to the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington. But even more gripping than living through the drama of Revolutionary Boston is the
important discovery Johnny makes in his own life.

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 336 pages, 7.03 × 4.2 × 0.93 in

Published: November 3, 1987

Publisher: Random House Children's Publishing

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440942500

ISBN - 13: 9780440942504

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Engaging historical fiction for the late 1700s I read this book aloud to my children. It won the 1944 Newbery Medal. This is an historical fiction novel that takes place in Massachusetts in late 1700s before the American Revolution. Although the character of 14 year-old Johnny Tremain is a fictional hero, Forbes weaves many genuine historical figures throughout the story, including: Paul Revere, General Thomas Gage, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, Doctor Joseph Warren, Governor Thomas Hutchinson, John Pitcairn, Francis Smith, Josiah Quincy II, and James Otis, Jr. At the outset, orphaned Johnny Tremain is working as a silversmith's apprentice. He shows real promise and skill in his craft but, unfortunately, one of his hands is burned by molten silver. Unable to perform the delicate work any longer because of his injured hand, he is forced to find another trade that he can learn. He is steadfast in trying to find skilled labour but is unable to find someone that is willing to employ him, so he takes a job delivering newspapers on horseback for the Boston Observer which is run by the Silsbee family. He learns that secret meetings are being organized by the Silsbees and are being attended by local businessman known as the Sons of Liberty. Johnny participates in the Boston Tea Party which is organized by the Sons of Liberty, and he also aids Paul Revere in warning the Minutemen that the British soldiers are coming. Forbes goes into great detail describing the Boston Tea Party, the Battles of Lexington and Concord, Paul Revere's Ride, and the political differences between the Whigs and the Tories. For the most part, my 9 year-old remained engaged in the story even through the lengthy historical narratives. We all loved Johnny Tremain and the fictional story lines, and it was nice to see Johnny's growth in maturity as a result of what he went through. Overall, we really enjoyed the story. Because of its historically rich content, the book is more ideally suited for an older reader. MY RATING: 4 stars!! It was really good, and I would recommend it to those who enjoy historical fiction!
Date published: 2012-03-14

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Johnny Tremain

Johnny Tremain

by Esther Forbes

Format: Mass Market Paperbound

Dimensions: 336 pages, 7.03 × 4.2 × 0.93 in

Published: November 3, 1987

Publisher: Random House Children's Publishing

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0440942500

ISBN - 13: 9780440942504

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On rocky islands gulls woke. Time to be about their business. Silently they Rooted in on the town, but when their icy eyes sighted die first dead fish, Am bits of garbage about the ships and wharves they began to scream and quarrel.The cocks in Boston back yards bad long before cried the coming of day. Now the hens were also awake, scratching, clucking, laying eggs.Cats in malt houses, granaries, ship holds, mansions and hovels caught a last mouse, settled down to wash their for and deep. Cats did not work by day.In stables, horses shook their halters and whinnied.In barns, cows lowed to be milked.Boston, slowly opened its eyes, stretched, and woke. The sun struck in horizontally from the cad, flashing upon weathervanes -- brass cocks and arrows, here a glass-eyed Indian, there, a copper grasshopper - and the bells in the steeples cling-clanged, telling the people, it was time to be up and about.In hundreds of houses sleepy women woke sleepier children Get up and to work. Ephraim, get to the pump, fetch Mother water Ann, got to the barn, milk the cow and drive her to the Common. Start the fire Silas. Put on a dean shirt, James. Dolly, it you aren't up before I count ten...And so, in a crooked little house at the head of Hancock' on crowded Fish Street, Mrs. Lapham stood at the foot of a ladder leading to the attic where her fathe-in-law's apprentices slept. These boys were luckier than most apprentices. Their master was too feeble to climb 1adders; the middle-aged mistress to
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Johnny Tremain, A young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in the danger and excitement of 1775 Boston, just before the Revolutionary War. Johnny can’t help but be swept along by the powerful currents that will lead to the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington. But even more gripping than living through the drama of Revolutionary Boston is the
important discovery Johnny makes in his own life.

From the Jacket

A story filled with danger and excitement, "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 Otis, Hancock, and John and Samuel Adams in the exciting currents and undercurrents that were to lead to the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington--and finally, a touching resolution of Johnny's personal life.


"Johnny Tremain is historical fiction at its best, portraying Revolutionary Boston as a living drama, through the shrewd eyes of an observant boy.

About the Author

Esther Forbes received the Pulitzer Prize for history for Paul Revere and the World He Lived In.

From Our Editors

A story filled with danger and excitement, Johnny Tremain tells of the turbulent passionate times in Boston just after 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 in the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington; and finally, a touching resolution of Johnny's personal life.

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17