Sonderbooks     Book Reviews by Sondra Eklund

Buy from

Rate this Book

Sonderbooks 73
    Previous Book
    Next Book

Young Adult Fiction
        Previous Book
        Next Book
Children's Nonfiction
Children's Fiction
Picture Books

2003 Stand-outs
2002 Stand-outs
2001 Stand-outs

Five-Star Books
Four-Star Books
    Previous Book
    Next Book
Old Favorites

    Previous Book
    Next Book

Back Issues
List of Reviews by Title
List of Reviews by Author

Why Read?
Links For Book Lovers

About Me
Contact Me 
Post on Bulletin Board

I don't review books I don't like!

*****= An all-time favorite
****  = Outstanding
***    = Above average
**      = Enjoyable
*        = Good, with reservations


****Johnny Tremain

by Esther Forbes

Reviewed March 8, 2004.
Yearling Books (Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers), New York, 1987.  First published in 1943.  256 pages. 
Available at Sembach Library (JF TRE).
Winner of the 1944 Newbery Medal.

Johnny Tremain tells the story of an apprentice silversmith in Boston in the 1770s.  Johnny's wonderfully skilled at working silver, and he knows it.  When John Hancock commissions a beautiful piece, Johnny's not above deceiving his master and working on the Sabbath day in order to get it finished.

Then tragedy strikes, and Johnny's life changes.  He gets involved with a group known as the Sons of Liberty.  They're upset about the way England is treating the people of Boston.  He learns that there are bigger causes out there than how a person makes a living.  He supports the Revolution for the sake of the common people even in England.  They begin the fight against tyranny, “so that a man can stand up.”

This novel won the Newbery Medal in 1944, and it's still a powerful story today.  It looks at the start of the Revolutionary War through the eyes of a boy getting caught up in something bigger than himself.

Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

-top of page-