"Johnny Tremain" Book Review by Suzannah

"Johnny Tremain"
A review of the children's classic "Johnny Tremain" by Esther Forbes.
# 115119 | 850 words | 1 source | MLA | 2009 | FR
Published on Jul 07, 2009 in Literature (American) , Literature (Children) , History (U.S. Civil War 1860-1865)

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The paper describes how Esther Forbes' "Johnny Tremain" recounts the role of a young orphan in the events that occurred before the outbreak of civil war. The paper notes the theme of identity and belonging in this book and the inclusion of many factual details of the American Revolution. The paper posits that "Johnny Tremain" is excellently written and very worthy of its status as a children's classic.

From the Paper:

"Although working as a silversmith's apprentice, fourteen-year-old Johnny Tremain is the grandnephew of Jonathon Lyte, a rich but dishonest merchant who is despised because of the way in which he is playing a double game with both the Whigs and the Royalists. Before dying, however, Johnny's mother told her son not to go to Jonathon Lyte unless he was desperate. Instead, she ensures her son's future by enabling him to enter into the silversmith trade before her death, by teaching him to read, and by giving him a silver cup that will prove Johnny's identity. Thus, Johnny is working as a silversmith's apprentice, and lording it over the two other apprentices because of Johnny's skills and position."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Forbes, Esther. Johnny Tremain. Published by Yearling (April 1, 1987).

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