Thursday, July 8, 2010
Novelist Esther Forbes takes us back in time to the days of the American
Revolution. This novel published in 1943 is titled Johnny Tremain and it is
described on the cover as "a story of Boston in revolt." Through these
pages we meet John Hanckok as a customer in a silver shop. We also meet
Paul Revere as he is locking up his shop in the evening and getting ready to
go home for dinner. All these historical characters play second fiddle to the
title character, fourteen year old Johnny Tremain, a talented young man
of lofty ambitions.
The book has lots of beautiful illustrations by Lynd Ward.
Other similar historical novels written by Esther Forbes are:
O Genteel Lady!
A Mirrot for Witches
The General's Lady
Paul Revere and the World He Lived in
These are excellent companions for a junior high class on American history.