This is my desperate move to finish the Decades Challenge since I obviously was not going to finish All The King’s Men (and probably never will–urg!). It could also qualify for the Book Awards Challenge since it won the Newbery quite some time ago, but I still have a few months to finish that one. Ohh, challenges challenges.
Johnny Tremain is the story of a fourteen year-0ld silversmith apprentice in pre-revolutionary New England. He is bossy and proud, but also very talented; one day, though, he disfigures his hand after another apprentice purposely gives him faulty equipment. He cannot craft silver anymore, but he finds another job as a rider for the Boston Observer. During this time he meets many of the key revolutionary figures in Boston, including Paul Revere, John Hancock, and Samuel Adams; Johnny is key in keeping these figures abreast of the revolutionary situation in Boston–especially as the fighting begins.
I liked this book, but I didn’t think it was anything spectacular. I would recommend it–as I tried doing to my 11 year-old brother–but the plot isn’t very exciting. I think perhaps its just the style of writing because of the history of what was happening at the time is very exciting. Easy and light–a story of forbidden love, fighting for what one believes in, discovering one’s heritage, and growing into the responsibilities of adulthood.