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Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
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Oct 22, 2010

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bookshelves: newbery-medal
Recommended for: someone with an interest in historical fiction
Read from October 17 to 22, 2010

Generally speaking I'm not big on historical fiction, but I think this book is very well done. Long, but a worthwhile read. I feel like I learned something about the lead-up to the Revolutionary War without being force-fed information. Given the subject matter I was expecting the story to become stale but that never happened. Contrived? Absolutely. But not stale. Mandy, I'm interested to hear what you thought of this one since it's set in your back yard!

"No...you can't keep even little green apples forever. It would wizen up, or grow ripe, or it might rot. Human relations never seem to stand completely still. This apple, for instance. It might ripen into something better than it now was, or, unromantically, it might rot away in his pocket."

"Dove was garrulous, indolent, complaining, and boastful, but it hurt Johnny when the other boys bullied him and his masters beat him. He was like a man who owns a dull, mean dog. He may punish it himself, but resent it if anyone else punishes it."


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