Genre: YA historical fiction
Length: 322 pages
Setting: Boston, 1770s
Interest: This was the first book we chose for the boys to read as we start the Revolutionary War period for our American History Club.
Summary: Johnny Tremain is an apprentice silversmith in Boston. He’s pretty good at it and lords over the other apprentices, until they pull a trick on him that results in his hand being burned. He’s no longer fit to be a silversmith, or even most other trades. Instead, he starts helping out delivering newspapers for the Observer. While working there, he also gets involved in the American rebellion as the British occupy Boston. He carries acts as a horse boy, carrying messages for some of the British and passing information to the leaders of the Revolution.
Final thoughts: I don’t think I read this book as a child, but I can see why the book is recommended and used so often. This is a great book for introducing the American Revolutionary War. Not only do we get a great view of life as an apprentice in the 1770s, but we’re introduced to many of the big names of the war, The evens in the book include the Boston Tea Party, Paul Revere’s midnight ride, and the battles at Lexington and Concord (just the aftermath – no gory details). Definitely a classic that most kids should read. As an adult, it didn’t add too much to my understanding of the events, but it was still enjoyably written.
Title comes from: The main character’s name
Reading challenges fulfilled: 87/100 in the Read-a-Latte Challenge
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