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Johnny Tremain

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Johnny Tremain
by Esther Forbes; illustrated by Michael McCurdy

This book is one of the finest historical novels ever written for children. As compelling today as it was seventy years ago, to read this riveting novel is to live through the defining events leading up to the American Revolutionary War. 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 shaping the American Revolution from the Boston Tea Party to the first shots fired at Lexington.

Illustrations bring to life this quintessential novel of the American Revolution.  This book is decades old.  It won the Newbery Award in 1944!!!  But if you are teaching about the Revolutionary War, it's an engaging historical fiction novel.

Grade Level:
   5th grade     6th grade     7th grade     8th grade 

Reading Level:   Guided Reading Level Z       DRA Level 70

Book Type:   chapter book

Related Lists:   American Revolution      history      historical fiction     Newbery Award

This book is used but it is in good condition.  Occasionally there's the previous owner's name or inscription on the inside front cover.  Overall though, we are very proud of the quality of our books! NOTE: There are several different covers for this book. The one you get will be one of the covers shown here (based on current inventory).