Johnny Tremain

Version: Unabridged
Author: Esther Forbes
Narrator: Grace Conlin
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Classics
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: March 2005
# of Units: 7 CDs
Length: 8 hours, 43 minutes
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Johnny Tremain, winner of the 1943 Newbery Medal, is one of the finest historical novels ever written for children. As compelling today as it was fifty years ago, to read this riveting novel is to live through the defining events leading up to the American Revolutionary War seen through the eyes of a boy who turns in his smithing tools to take up a rifle and fight for the liberty of America. Fourteen-year old Johnny Tremain, an apprentice silversmith with a bright future ahead of him, injures his hand in a tragic accident, forcing him to look for other work. In his new job as a horse-boy, riding for the patriotic newspaper, the Boston Observer, and as a messenger for the Sons of Liberty, he encounters John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Dr. Joseph Warren. Soon Johnny is involved in the pivotal events shaping the American Revolution from the Boston Tea Party to the first shots fired at Lexington. Powerful illustrations by American artist Michael McCurdy, bring new life to Ether Forbes' quintessential novel of the American Revolution

Reviews (2)

Written by Sierra Bailey on September 22nd, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Such an amazing book! I will definitely be suggesting it to friends.

Johnny Tremain

Written by Diana Conley on June 14th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was an unexpectedly delightful book in many ways. Full of history. Did you know that Paul Revere was a silver smith? I kept expecting Benjamin Franklin to show up, but he never did. I know he was in France before the war. That must be when this story takes place. Those who enjoy this story might also like "FEVER 1773" by Laurie Halsey Andersen. (The date may be wrong.) She is also the author of "SPEAK," which I know is on Audio tape.

Author Details

Author Details

Forbes, Esther

Forbes is a historian and novelist. She received the Pulitzer prize for history.