This thrilling Newbery Medal-winning novel about the Revolutionary War is a classic of children's historical fiction.

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 of the American Revolution, from the Boston Tea Party to the first shots fired at Lexington. Powerful illustrations by artist Michael McCurdy help bring this classic novel for middle years students to life.

This sweeping tale of redcoats and revolutionaries has a lot to offer. Forbes, a historian, writes with detail and precision, imbuing historical events with life and passion that is often lacking in textbooks. (Common Sense Media)

"...a great choice as a read-aloud with Foundations students...Johnny Tremain encourages us to become better. We empathize with Johnny, but also see his failings. We put this to work in our own lives, recognizing our hubris; identifying areas in which we need to strengthen integrity; or perhaps realizing we need to work towards goals that are bigger than 'us'." —Kate Deddens, Writers Circle

 Recommended in Program(s): Challenge A
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Clarion Books

Publication date:

2 May 2011

Number of pages:



240 g


2.54 cms H x 19.05 cms L x 12.95 cms W






Esther Forbes (1891-1967) garnered a Newbery Medal and an enduring place in children's literature with the publication of Johnny Tremain. Her adult novel, Paul Revere and the World He Lived In, won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1943.

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