Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes is so well written that I felt like I was inside Johnny’s head, and experiencing the American Revolution first hand. The author, Esther Forbes, describes in vivid detail what it is like to be an apprentice to a silversmith in the 1770’s, an orphan with a maimed hand, and too young to fight, but somehow old enough to live on your own.
I didn’t know Esher Forbes won a Pulitzer Prize for an adult book on Paul Revere. Her breadth and depth of knowledge of Colonial America shows up in Johnny Tremain. It won a Newberry Award in 1944.
A young reviewer on amazon.com said:
“This book is the best book ever!!! In school, we are learning about US history and my mom got this book from the library. I’m 13, and I thought it would be boring, but when I got into it, I didn’t put it down until I finished it. It’s all about America on the verge of the revolution and a boy whose dreamed for the future have been dashed by a horrible accident. It’s super exiting and I had my mom buy it for me so I can read it again and again. What I love about this edition is that it has a comic book introduction that’s very funny.”
And what’s that-a boy or a man?”
He laughed. “A boy in time of peace and a man in time of war.”
“After that Johnny began to watch himself. For the first time he learned to think before he spoke.”
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