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Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes (Homeschool subjects covered: American Revolution, American History)
Johnny Tremain is the Newbery Award winner by Esther Forbes. Set in Boston during the Revolutionary war, Johnny Tremain is the story of a brilliant orphan boy who was apprenticed to a silver smith. Though young, Johnny has a bright future before him as he is quickly recognized as the driving force behind the silver smith. With marriage to the master's daughter in view, and the eventual ownership of the shop, things are looking up for Johnny, until a jealous fellow apprentice plays a prank on Johnny that literally ruins his life. Now an outcast, his only hope is in finding his relatives, and a silver chalice is his only clue. Things go from bad to worse when he is arrested as a thief. Only his friendship with the Patriots of Boston can save him. A wonderful story that clearly depicts the emotional turmoil as the citizens of Boston were forced to choose sides in a painfully life-defining moment in time.
There is a Progeny Press Study guide available for this book
Grade Level 6 - 8
Johnny Tremain is recommended reading in Illuminations, Tapestry of Grace, My Father's World, Sonlight and Trail Guides to Learning.