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Esther Forbes

Johnny Tremain

Fiction | Novel | Middle Grade | Published in 1943

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Johnny Tremain

  • Genre: Fiction; middle-grade historical adventure
  • Originally Published: 1943
  • Reading Level/Interest: Lexile 840L; grades 5-7
  • Structure/Length: 12 chapters; approx. 322 pages; approx. 9 hours, 24 minutes on audio
  • Protagonist and Central Conflict: Set in Boston in 1773, this Newbery Award-winning classic follows 14-year-old Johnny Tremain, who loses the use of his hand in a prideful accident and must abandon his intended profession of silversmithing. Johnny’s search for a new trade and path leads to his direct involvement in the early days of the American Revolution.
  • Potential Sensitivity Issues: Wartime violence, racism, ableism, and brief offensive language

Esther Forbes, Author

  • Bio: 1891-1967; born in Westborough, Massachusetts; won the O’Henry Prize for the short story “Breakneck Hill” in 1915; attended the University of Wisconsin; worked for Houghton Mifflin as a manuscript reader after returning to the Boston area; became a published novelist with O Genteel Lady! (1926); won a Pulitzer Prize for her biography Paul Revere and the World He Lived In (1942); awarded seven honorary degrees; became a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1949); became a member of the American Antiquarian Society (first female; 1960)
  • Other Works: O Genteel Lady! (1926); A Mirror for Witches (1928); Paul Revere and the World He Lived In (1942); The Running of the Tide (1948); Rainbow on the Road (1954)
  • Awards: Newbery Medal winner (1944)