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Johnny Tremain

3.57 of 5 stars 3.57  ·  rating details  ·  25,593 ratings  ·  1,489 reviews
This story of a tragically injured young silversmith who ends up hip-deep in the American Revolution is inspiring, exciting, and sad. Winner of the prestigious Newbery Award in 1944, Esther Forbes's story has lasted these 50-plus years by including adventure, loss, courage, and history in a wonderfully written, very dramatic package. It's probably not great for little guys ...more
Paperback, 1976 Reprint, 250 pages
Published 1965 by Penguin Books: A Peacock Book (first published 1943)
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Shaine Collier it took me so long to read this book because i kept falling asleep to the most boring book ever it so boring even a sloth wouldn't read this i mean…moreit took me so long to read this book because i kept falling asleep to the most boring book ever it so boring even a sloth wouldn't read this i mean come on it should have more blood in it like hunger games(less)
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Adam
Sep 14, 2008 Adam rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Every living human
Probably the greatest book ever written, by both man and child, woman and other writing entity, Johnny Tremain tells the story of a young genius who becomes a silversmith and burns the crappin' hell out of his hand. He's always embarrassed by his sort of melty hand and keeps it in his pockets or in his mother's pies and pie type dishes. One day he meets a girl named Cilla, Priscilla for long, who loves him despite for his sick melt-hand. Paul Bunyan or John Tubbers or whichever is the name of th ...more
Jamie
"wah, I was born rich but I grew up poor. wah, I burned my hand."
Andrew
I know this is perceived as being a "kid's book", but I think that it is a story any adult would enjoy. Johnny Tremain takes place in pre-revolutionary Boston and is about a prideful (but slowly improving) boy who finds himself in the center of the independence fervor. Although I obviously cannot be sure of how accurate the descriptions are, I appreciated the book for doing such a great job at taking me back to the colonial era of American history. As Johnny Tremain struggled with adversity, his ...more
Beesan Sarsour
Definetly not the greatest book ever written. Pretty terrible actually!! Didn't like it at all. Expected it to be better and i'm very dissapointed. It was very hard to understand what was going on im each chapter and I would not recommend this book to anyone.
Nancy
If I were a children's book writer, this is exactly the kind of book I'd love to write. It has mystery, suspense, romance, history, coming-of-age, overcoming personal and physical problems; gosh, it has it all.

I've always wanted to read this book, just never got around to it till now. If your child is studying Revolutionary War times in history, this would be a great literary supplement to that history lesson. It brings the history of that time to life.

Including, but not limited to: One if by la
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jacky
Jun 17, 2007 jacky rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to jacky by: some educated adult
I hated this book when I read it in middle school (?). I had to choose a historical fiction book and I believe the librarian recommended this one. I found it terribly boring when I read it. Looking back now, I probably wasn't very open minded about reading something I wasn't really interested in, like most kids.
Jayna Homer
As an apprentice to a silversmith, Johnny sees great success and is a good worker. But he suffers from an accident which results in serious burns, leaving his thumb attached to his hand – promptly ending his career as a silversmith apprentice. After searching for new work to do, Johnny comes across a printing shop where Rab works for his Aunt and Uncle. So Johnny becomes a rider for the “Boston Observer.” Also, he takes part in the Boston Tea Party, and uses his skills to spy against the British ...more
Julie
I remember loving this book years (or decades?) ago in elementary school and given that it is set in Boston on the eve of the Revolutionary War, it was a perfect choice for a family road trip from Boston to Cape Cod. The title character, Johnny Tremain, is an apprentice to a mediocre silver smith. Due to an accident while pouring silver on the Sabbath, Johnny's hand is maimed and he is forced to take a more menial job delivering the town newspaper. Through the newspaper Johnny gets swept up with ...more
Nicole
I hated this book!!!! if u read this book you will become boring and old!
this book pulls you into a wrinkled old time of so-called "action"!!! i could have
found more action by going to a retirement home and watching the 900 year old people play bingo!!!!!! i of course was forced against my will to read this,
otherwise, i wouldnt go spitting distance of it!!!! if you enjoyed this book
(mr.flegar) then you are boring old!! do not read this thing! it's a plague!
save yourselves!!!!!!!!
Greg
If I'm not mistaken this is yet another book ruined by the same awful teacher who ruined a bunch of other books. Oh well.
Vlad
Johnny Tremain is the story of a talented young silversmith apprentice whose hand is badly burned by a jealous rival. With his bright future snatched from his grasp, he becomes a messenger embroiled in the American colonists' struggle for independence from the British. Johnny meets many legendary historical figures, like John Hancock, Sam Adams, and Paul Revere (himself a silversmith) and participates in many seminal events, like the Boston Tea Party and Paul Revere's midnight ride.

It's a fasci
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Lizzie
Maybe I bought a copy of this at the U.S.S. Constitution gift shop in Boston this weekend. MAYBE I DID. AND MAYBE I DON'T CARE IF YOU KNOW IT!
Elaine Cooper
When I was very small, I watched the Disney movie version of Johnny Tremain and the single memory that stands out in my mind is the tune from the song, “The Sons of Liberty.” Now that I am an adult and study the American Revolution for my own historical fiction books, I decided it was time to read the original book called Johnny Tremain written in 1943 by Esther Forbes. I’m so glad that I did.
Although it is considered a novel for young adults, this older adult reader was highly caught up in the
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Waffle...♥
Wow it's so touching! I really LOVED how it ended completely! But I wish the author continued more with Cilla... haha gotta love romance. Overall it was great! I loved the details and it was like I was back in that time... being one with Johnny Tremain! HaHa sorry just trying to describe what I feel... sorta like, when I'm reading this book! :O Well I don't think much of my friend's would enjoy reading this book but I certainly have. Maybe... *cough* insane Helen did but she's insane so xP
Iman
this book is bad because i dont like historic books cause i think history is boring
Cameron
HATED THIS BOOK
Beth
Funny what you remember in a book. I read this as a child, and all I recalled was one of the last scenes of the book...a very touching, startling scene. I didn't realize how much I had blocked out--except for this one event--until I was actually reading it again at the end. Not remembering actually allowed me much enjoyment of rediscovering the characters and the new tenor of humanness I could now more fully understand as an adult.

It's a great read, and very enjoyable to the one who likes histor
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Cheryl
I was amazed by how much I liked this. I don't normally like historical fiction and had never read this as a child, but I wish I had. All the details of life in the colonies as the Tories and the Whigs became more extremist come alive. I feel I know a lot more about how disagreements can lead to war in general, and a lot more about Boston in the early 1770s especially.

Johnny's story isn't just young boy makes good, but a true coming-of-age, despite exterior challenges and inner demons. The other
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Ashley
I am sorry if you enjoyed this book but i did not. This is why, the story too me did not really have a solution though Johnny Tremain [main character] had burned his hand in the book and was able to find a job after having to leave the Lapham household [family he was apprentecing for] it did not feel like there was a climax and solution. Finally, I feel that they decided to kill off a lot of people because in the end lots of people die.
Kellyn
As she recounts the life experiences of twelve-year-old Johnny Tremain, Esther Forbes skillfully conveys the excitement, danger and commitment experienced by the patriots who fought during the US Revolution. Many of the characters in this account are accurately portrayed and described—including several of those who helped write the Declaration of Independence. Reading this book cannot fail to make this time period truly understandable and alive.

Unfortunately the length and language discourage t
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Kennedy Loveridge
Johnny Tremain is an adventurous book about a 14 year old boy. Johnny is a silversmith apprentice. He has a big accident that changed his whole life. Throughout the book Johnny faces many challenges. His life will be different from now on.
Johnny is an amazing silversmith. He is an apprentice for Mr. Lapham’s. While trying to finish a last minute project, he melts his hands together. Johnny is kicked out of the business and faces many more challenges throughout the book. At one point he is comp
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Abby Townsend
I actually really loved this book. But judging from the reviews it's one of those that you either hate or love. I haven't seen one even remotely "in-between" review. They were literally either "I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH!" or "I HATE THIS BOOK! Gah!" I guess it depends on whether you like that sort of thing. I will point out that the negative reviews were mostly by immature, modern school boys who hate anything educational to begin with. However, if you even have the slightest interest in American ...more
Christopher Seal
The book, Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes is a historical Fiction based book about Johnny's life in Boston around the time of the revolt against the British. The book takes place around the years 1773-1775 in Boston. Johnny is around 14 when the book starts, and is an apprentice for silversmiths. One day Johnny gets his fingers burned together while working on a very important silver project, it hurt him so much that he ends up not being able to work as a silversmith anymore. Johnny decided that ...more
Sam Streadbeck
The book of Johnny Tremain. Johnny is a young apprentice who is cocky and arrogant. He works for the Lapham’s as a silversmith. He is too valuable to do any unskilled work and the two other apprentices hate him. He get a huge project from a rich merchant, and decides to work on the Sabbath. The other boys hand him a cracked cuticle to make him spill the boiling silver and look like a fool. Instead the hot silver covers his hand and he blacks out. His life changes forever.

This book takes place i
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Benji Martin
First, let me say that I dreaded this Newbery winner like no other before. I had heard that is was racist, I had heard that is is boring. A fantastic novel that came out this year Absolutely Almost, features a character who was being forced to read Johnny Tremain, but couldn’t get through it because it was too painful. To help him, his babysitter pasted a Johnny T cover on a Captain Underpants novel, and he pretended that he was reading Johnny T the whole time. That scene stuck with me, and I ma ...more
Mhealy
Johnny Tremain is about a boy maturing into a man during the early days of the American Revolution. He is on the side of the rebels, but has made very good friends with the English officers stationed in Boston. First he starts off working as an apprentice for a silversmith but he cripples his hand in a terrible accident. After the accident Johnny struggles trying to find work until he finds out that a newspaper needs a delivery boy. In exchange for Johnny’s services the Observer Newspaper Compan ...more
Parker Hyatt
Johnny is a 14 year old living in Boston in revolutionary times. He is considered as the apprentice of a silversmith, Mr. Lapham. As Mr. Lapham prepares for his death Johnny will soon live up to everyone’s expectation as chief silversmith, until Mr. Lapham decides he’s not able to control Johnny’s cruel acts. Although Johnny is not able to control his anger sometimes he still accepts the tasks he is given by Mr. Lapham.
Johnny was responsible for creating the new silver basin’s handle but he was
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Sheila
I can see why this was a Newbery Medal winner. It is a very detailed account of Boston in the time leading up to the American Revolution. I'm not sure I would have enjoyed this as a child, but I certainly enjoyed it as an adult, and now have a better "feel" for this time period in American history.
TJ Stefl
This book is about a talented boy, Johnny Tremain, and his trials and successes. This is around the time of the Revolutionary War.

Johnny Tremain is a very talented and gifted silversmith. He gets his fingers smelted together while trying to smelt a very important piece of silver. He is kind of rejected by his master and tries to find a new job. He ends up becoming a Newspaper Deliveryman. He gets caught up in all of the Revolutionary War efforts.

I think the part I can most connect to is when he
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Cesar Marte
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Esther Forbes was born in Westboro, Massachusetts in 1891, as the youngest of five children. Her family roots can be traced back to 1600s America; one of her great-uncles was the great historical figure and leader of the Sons of Liberty, Sam Adams. Her father was a probate judge in Worcester and her mother, a writer of New England reference books. Both her parents were historical enthusiasts.

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“We give all we have, lives, property, safety, skill...we fight, we die, for a simple thing. Only that a man can stand up.” 27 likes
“How old are you Johnny" she asked.
Sixteen."
And what's that-a boy or a man?"
He laughed. "A boy in time of peace and a man in time of war.”
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