Johnny Tremain

Johnny Tremain

A Novel for Old & Young

Book - 1971
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The great events of Revolutionary Boston as seen through the shrewd eyes of an observant fourteen-year-old boy.

Johnny Tremain, winner of the 1944 Newbery Medal, is one of the finest historical novels ever written for children. As compelling today as it was seventy years ago, to read this riveting novel is to live through the defining events leading up to the American Revolutionary War. Fourteen-year-old Johnny Tremain, an apprentice silversmith with a bright future ahead of him, injures his hand in a tragic accident, forcing him to look for other work. In his new job as a horse-boy, riding for the patriotic newspaper, The Boston Observer, and as a messenger for the Sons of Liberty, he encounters John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Dr. Joseph Warren. Soon Johnny is involved in the pivotal events shaping the American Revolution from the Boston Tea Party to the first shots fired at Lexington. Powerful illustrations by American artist Michael McCurdy bring to life Esther Forbes's quintessential novel of the American Revolution.

Baker & Taylor
A young apprentice silversmith, growing up in Boston, becomes involved with such men as Hancock, Otis, and Sam Adams in the struggle for American Independence

& Taylor

When Johnny Tremain becomes a dispatch rider for the Committee of Public Safety, he comes into contact with Sam Adams, John Hancock, and other Revolutionary leaders.

Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin, c1971
ISBN: 9780395067666
Branch Call Number: j AWARD Fiction For
Characteristics: 256 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Ward, Lynd 1905-1985


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ArapahoeHollyR Mar 11, 2019

Good introduction to historical fiction. 1944 Newberry winner.

Jan 15, 2018

Pretty good Revolutionary War story

Nov 13, 2017

Half of this novel is about the life of a youth apprentice silversmith in colonial Boston. A workplace accident ends Johnny's apprenticeship but his new job as a courier brings him into contact with the clandestine "Sons of Liberty" rebel group; and carrying dispatches for the British military authorities embroils him as a spy for the rebels. This novel ends upon the first armed conflict of the American Revolution. For a broader perspective on the revolution from the British point-of-view, the youth adventure novel "True to the old flag" by George A. Henty is available for download from the Internet Archive for e-readers. [The addition of a simple map of the colonial Boston area in the front of this book would have been helpful to readers.]

bibliosara Feb 16, 2017

Winner of the Newberry Medal in 1944, Johnny Tremain is a modern classic-and for good reason. Originally published in 1943, Forbes tale of a young blacksmith apprentice who, in the midst of great personal challenges, ends up involved in the real-life drama that preceded the American Revolutionary War. Johnny Tremain is a young man who could be any of the thousands swept up in the years prior to the landmark war that determined the destiny of the United States-but his story is unique, astounding, and heartwarming. Readers of all ages will enjoy this novel.

Apr 17, 2014

I enjoyed this book as a child, and still liked it when I re-read it as an adult. It is fast-paced, very readable, and feels like the story is foremost, rather than teaching period history.

Feb 05, 2014

I like how they portray Rab and the British. Awesome book by the way!!

Jul 29, 2013

This is a wonderful book. It follows two years in the life of a boy starting at age 14 who lives in Boston during Revolutionary times. There are lessons regarding pride and coming of age.The author does a great job expressing the vision of our founding fathers, looking beyond freedom for themselves. Character development is excellent. One of the best books I have ever read.

bookfanatic1979 Jun 11, 2013

Most of my knowledge of this book is thanks to the Simpsons’ episode when Marge homeschools Bart and they read it together and I’ve always been vaguely curious. The Kindle edition comes with a terrific introduction, explaining that the book came out during WWII, when the parallels between the Revolutionary War and the “current day” are especially closely drawn. An excellent read for just about anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

Vsauer593 Dec 17, 2012

Such a great book! I loved seeing what people like John Hancock were really like.

Jan 08, 2012

I so loved this book when I was a kid. You really get caught up in the characters and Johnny's fate after his devastating accident.

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