Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes (1943)

john.jpgWinner of the Newberry Medal in 1944, Johnny Tremain tells the fictional story of a talented, young silversmith apprentice during the pre-American Revolutionary War era.   His  life and career are full of promise until a tragic accident occurs and he loses everything.  Alone and desperate, he finds a new, but lowly, situation and lands right in the middle of the Sons of Liberty’s plans for this new nation!

Learning American History has never been so easy or so fun!  According to Wikipedia, Johnny Tremain, as of the year 2000, was the 16th most purchased American children’s book of all time.  That tells you something about how good it is — even after nearly 75 years in print.

Johnny Tremain is an action-packed read-aloud with young children or a riveting read-on-your-own book for older kids.  There are many excellent historical fiction books about this era, but this is one of the very best.

Middle Grade to High School Reading Level, 320 pages, Historical Fiction, Boys, American Revolution, Published in 1943, Newberry Medal Winner.

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Are you looking for Children’s and Young Adult books that have stood the test of time? I have a master of list of over 600 titles to share. I’m an English major, mother of five and homeschooler for 15 years. My purpose with this blog is to share forgotten favorites that most parents today have never heard of, but are so worth reading! I hope you’ll join with me as I share the best that Youth Literature has to offer.
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