Johnny Tremain

Johnny Tremain

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Johnny Tremain is a 1944 children's novel by Esther Forbes set in Boston prior to and during the outbreak of the American Revolution. The novel's themes include apprenticeship, courtship, sacrifice, human rights, and the growing tension between Whigs and Tories as conflict nears. Events described in the novel include the Boston Tea Party, the British blockade of the Port of Boston, the midnight ride of Paul Revere, and the Battles of Lexington and Concord.

The book won the 1947 Newbery Medal and is the 16th bestselling children's book as of the year 2000 in the United States, according to Publishers Weekly. In 1957, Walt Disney Pictures released a film adaptation, also called Johnny Tremain.

Plot summary

The story begins in the Boston silversmith shop of Ephraim Lapham, where protagonist Johnny Tremain is a promising young apprentice to Mr. Lapham. The Lapham shop soon receives a challenging order from prominent merchant John Hancock. While preparing Hancock's order, Johnny's hand is badly burned through the trickery of another apprentice, crippling it beyond use. With only one good hand, Johnny can no longer be a silversmith. He is forced to find a living elsewhere.

After a series of unfortunate false starts and a failed appeal to wealthy relatives, Johnny settles into a job with a newspaper, the Boston Observer. The Observer is a Whig publication, and under its employ Johnny is introduced to the larger world of pre-revolutionary Boston politics....
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