Tuesday, January 3, 2012

"Johnny Tremain" by Esther Forbes {Delightfully Bookwormish}

The School Library Journal's Top 100 Children's Novels #78

Title: Johnny Tremain
Author: Esther Forbes
Genre: Children's Fiction, Historical Fiction

The Recipe: (from Goodreads) Johnny Tremain, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in the danger and excitement of 1775 Boston, just before the Revolutionary War. But even more gripping than living through the drama of Revolutionary Boston is the important discovery Johnny makes in his own life.

The Frosting and Sprinkles: The main characters, especially Johnny are likeable. Though he is very arrogant and prideful, you can't help but sympathize and like Johnny. 
The idea of the book is interesting and unlike some "historical" fictions, Forbes actually did her research on the Revolutionary War. 

The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: BUT, the book is fairly boring and the plot thins out in the middle and becomes uninteresting again until the end. But, then the end is not very good either. There are touching moments, but for the most part, it just ends and leaves a lot unanswered and not in a good way that makes you contemplate. 

Out of curiosity, I checked out some of the reviews of this book on GoodReads (after I wrote me own). It seems that adults appreciate this book, but kids hate it. So, I'm guessing you can skip this one for your kids.

My Rating: 
 2 Out of 5 Cupcakes!
(It was OK)


  1. My kids and I read Johnny Tremain years ago when we were studying that time period. They actually liked it, but it may have been because we were learning about that part of history at the time. Loved your easy and fun to read review!

  2. That's because adults remember it fondly from their own childhood. Children today read in an entirely different way. It isn't necessarily worse, just different. Some books go out of circulation for a reason. There is a lot of really great new historical fiction being written now, but not that takes place in this time period. So this is what we are stuck with.


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