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What kind of courage does it take to stand up for something you believe in?

 

 

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Johnny Tremain
by Esther Forbes

Esther Forbes was most well-known as an author of historical novels for adults.   In 1942 she won a Pulitzer Prize in history for her adult book Paul Revere and the World He Lived In.  It was the research Forbes did for that book that led to her interest in the lives of apprentices in eighteenth century Boston.  When she discovered that it was a horse boy who brought word to Paul Revere that the British were ready to march out of Boston one evening in April of 1775, the incident stayed with Forbes and evolved into Johnny Tremain.

Now considered a classic, Johnny Tremain won the Newbury Medal in 1943.  Esther Forbes is also the author of the young people's book America's Paul Revere. She was born in 1891 and died in 1967.

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1. Up & About
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2. The Pride of Your Power
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3. An Earth of Brass
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4. The Rising Eye
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5. The Boston Observer
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What must it be like to be able to do something well and then to have that ability suddenly dissolve?

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About the book:

In pre-Revolutionary Boston, fourteen-year-old Johnny Tremain is apprenticed to Mr. Lapham the silversmith. Johnny is talented and he knows it.  But then disaster strikes. Johnny receives a burn so severe that it cripples his hand and he can no longer work.

After finding a new job delivering papers for the Boston Observer, Johnny becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty, a group of patriots that includes Sam Adams, Paul Revere, and John Hancock.  From the Boston Tea Party to the Battle of Lexington, Johnny plays an important role in events leading to the American Revolution.  Johnny Tremain is the story of how one courageous boy joins the fight for America's liberty.

 

Notice the changes in Johnny from the beginning of the story to the end!

6. Salt Water Tea
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7. The Fiddler's Bill
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8. A World to Come
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9. The Scarlet Deluge
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10. "Disperse, Ye Rebels!"
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11. Yankee Doodle
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12. A Man Can Stand Up
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