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Newbery Medal Winner Book Review #8Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (1944)Reviewed by: Regan ThorntonEDR 344January 2, 2017Johnny Tremain is a talented apprentice to Mr. Lapham, a silversmith in Boston. At only fourteen years old, Johnny plans to become the best silversmith in Boston. Then, he tragically injures his right hand, and he will never be able to make silver again. Johnny begins to search for a new job and, during his quest, he meets Rab, an apprentice at the Boston Observer. Rab promises Johnny that he will provide him a job to deliver newspapers if he cannot find any other profession, and Johnny accepts his kind offer. While delivering newspapers, Johnny learns aboutthe key figures of politics in Boston. As a result, Johnny becomes a Whig and participates in the historic Boston Tea Party. By Rab’s influence, Johnny is able to better control his temper, allowing him to mature into a more humble man. At the beginning of the American Revolution, Johnny serves as a spy between the cities of Boston and Lexington, trying to find his friend, Rab.