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Johnny Tremain

Esther Forbes

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Johnny Tremain


Esther Forbes






Fiction, Children's Literature, Biography, Autobiography, Historical Novel


Johnny Tremain is a 1943 children's historical novel by Esther Forbes set in Boston prior to and during the outbreak of the American Revolution. The novel's themes include apprenticeship, courtship, sacrifice, human rights, and the growing tension between Whigs and Tories as conflict nears. Events described in the novel include the Boston Tea Party, the British blockade of the Port of Boston, the midnight ride of Paul Revere, and the Battles of Lexington and Concord. The book won the 1944 Newbery Medal and is the 16th bestselling children's book as of the year 2000 in the United States, according to Publishers Weekly. In 1957, Walt Disney Pictures released a film adaptation, also called Johnny Tremain. The book was referenced in The Simpsons episode "Whacking Day." Marge wanted Bart to read Johnny Tremain, but he refused. But Marge convinced him when he said that Johnny's hands were deformed. Bart thinks the story should've been called "Johnny Deformed."


Jonathan Tremain, Rab Silsbee, Priscilla Lapham, Lavinia Lyte Tremain, Ephraim Lapham

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