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3.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 53.74 out of 5 3.74 (42 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Esther Forbes Narrator: Grace Conlin Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 1997 ISBN: 9781455171019
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A story filled with danger and excitement, Johnny Tremain tells of the turbulent, passionate times in Boston just before the Revolutionary War.

Johnny, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up with Otis, Hancock, and John and Samuel Adams in the exciting and dramatic operations and subterfuges leading up to the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington. As Johnny is forced into the role of a full-grown man in the face of his new country’s independence, he finds that his relations with those he loves change for the better as well.

Winner of the Newbery Medal in 1943, the year of its publication, Johnny Tremain is historical fiction at its best, portraying Revolutionary Boston as a living drama, through the shrewd eyes of an observant boy.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is Esther Forbes at her brilliant best…Johnny may well take his place with Jim Hawkins, Huck Finn, and other young immortals.”

    Book Week

  • “This introduction to American history is a classic.”

    AudioFile

  • “To read Johnny Tremain is to live through two dramatic years of our country’s history, and to see these great events through the shrewd eyes of an observant boy.”

    Children’s Literature

  • A Newbery Medal Winner in 1944

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brian | 1/29/2014

    " Great paced historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandy Blackburn | 1/29/2014

    " Wonderful historical fiction, telling of the few years before the break of the Revolutionary War. Children and adults will love the powerful message of what freedom is and how no one is truly the "bad guy". "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Maysoon Khan | 1/29/2014

    " Two tries & I am DONE with this shitty book! If you aint a history fan you won't be a fan of this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christine Boyer | 1/22/2014

    " My fifth graders finished reading this a few weeks ago. Perfect for teachers, 5th-7th, who are studying the American Revolution. However, remember it was written in 1943, and this makes it more of a challenge for today's kids. Also, the beginning has a lot of action, but then it starts to slow down. My students got bored with it until I showed the Disney movie also called "Johnny Tremain". Then we did some movie/book comparisons and it helped them along to finish the book. PS: there are tons of thematic unit lessons available online and in teacher stores to accompany the book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert Ellington | 1/20/2014

    " A great read and a fast read! Wish I'd read it earlier in life, when I was reading a lot about the American Revolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 1/18/2014

    " I really enjoyed this book and thought it was well written. I liked that the story was told from an apprentice point of view. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abigail VanHorn | 1/16/2014

    " Great historical fiction book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Monica | 1/14/2014

    " The story of Johnny Tremain is actually a pretty interesting one. There were parts I liked and parts that I wasn't entirely crazy about, but overall, it wasn't so bad. This is the story of friendship, freedom, letting go and starting new, and a boy finding his roots so that he can live his life to the fullest without having to wonder anymore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sean | 1/13/2014

    " Kicked ass when I was 12. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Votry | 1/9/2014

    " This is one of those titles I've heard all my life and somehow never read. I read it this month in preparation for using it in a class this year, and was SO surprised how much I liked it! It's an oldie but a goodie, and a great way to combine literature and history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doris Mathews | 12/24/2013

    " I re-read this because I could not remember anything about it from my junior high days. Now that I'm finished, I'm not sure I read it at all. I enjoyed it as an adult! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Audrey Clinkert | 12/19/2013

    " I had to read this for school. I was always getting lost. I didn't really like it. But otherwise it was ok. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Emmy | 11/30/2013

    " I really liked this book!! I love historical fiction. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 AJ | 11/26/2013

    " My favorite book in elementary school... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah Nicole | 11/25/2013

    " Kinda boring, but not a terrible book. Read it for school. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jzk13 | 8/20/2013

    " A good novel that explains one of the most important events in American history. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lovemyblt | 7/10/2013

    " Everyone , young or old, should read this book. Its an excellent piece of historical fiction! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brenda Vaughn | 7/1/2013

    " One of my favorite books as a young teen. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn Dones | 6/5/2013

    " Read in 9th grade - 1975 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ms. Warchol | 5/27/2013

    " Another required book from middle school - two thumbs down from me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anna-Kristina | 5/2/2013

    " I don't really remember this book but I do remember, however how GROSS THE BEGINNING WAS!!! Seriously...Read it to find out! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 4/5/2013

    " This is a coming-of-age book, like Great Expectations. Using the American Revolution as the back drop, the reader watches the main character go from being proud and arrogant to a young man with character and convictions. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Paige | 8/12/2012

    " One of my favorite childhood books "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 6/24/2012

    " Not something I would have ever picked to read on my own. Actually, I think I have read before in like 3rd grade. I don't read much juvenile fiction these days. In the end, I liked the book just fine but didn't love it, wouldn't recommend it to anyone, and wouldn't read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michaela | 1/6/2012

    " I can't stop rereading this book! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laura Hollander | 11/30/2011

    " WORST BOOK IN THE WORLD! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan Simon | 10/30/2011

    " I enjoyed the adventure and action in this book. I purchased a very old copy of this book; the old smell definitely added to the reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joan Jacyno | 10/18/2011

    " really good except the end "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marcee | 10/18/2011

    " The worst book we have read all year. We couldn't even finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rebekah | 5/19/2011

    " A historical fiction account of a young boy, caught up in the American Revolution on the side of the American rebels in Boston. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jackie | 5/16/2011

    " I've always liked this book. My husband read it to review American history (since he wasn't born here) and was crushed to learn that Johnny Tremain was not a real person... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Torin | 5/15/2011

    " LOVED this book as a kid and I mostly liked more girl-centered books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Georgia | 5/9/2011

    " I read this at a young age, but remember enjoying it thoroughly and found it fascinating. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sa1sa2sa3 | 4/27/2011

    " at first my teacher assined a book report on historical fiction, so I picked this book, I'm a 5th grader and the book was boring in the beginning but twoards the middle, it became intresting
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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Allison | 4/25/2011

    " I read this in fifth grade; again in college; and again this week. Gets better EVERY SINGLE TIME! Has to be one of my favorite pieces of juvenile literature. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeannie | 4/22/2011

    " A great piece of historical fiction. Great for a teacher or students, or someone who wants to learn about the American Revolution. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Hannah | 4/19/2011

    " It's hard to put into words how great this story is. I simply can't write a review for this book. Enough said. :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tessa | 4/13/2011

    " This book was absolutely amazing. It really brought to life the events surrounding the start of the American Revolution, and it made me cry. The characters are realistic and memorable, and the writing was wonderful. Everyone should read this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura | 4/12/2011

    " This would have been a five star book, if only the ending were better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/12/2011

    " Another book people tried to get me to read and I just wasn't interested. Then I read it and wondered how I ever could have passed it by. Absolutely genius storytelling. A history lesson I'll never ever forget! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheiry | 4/9/2011

    " I'm having a difficult time putting this book down. It's captivating from the beginning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Danny | 4/4/2011

    " I had to read this book for literature class, 7th grade. I don't remember too much of it, but I remember bits about the story. It's too bad about his hand. And we saw the movie.

    I wouldn't recommend it; there's no reason to read it. Or even look at it! Lol. "

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About the Author
Author Esther Forbes

Esther Forbes was born in Westborough, Massachusetts. After attending school in Wisconsin, she served on the editorial staff at Houghton Mifflin Company. She published a number of adult historical fiction books and two highly acclaimed young adult books: the Pulitzer Prize-winner Paul Revere and the World He Lived In and the Newbery Medal winner Johnny Tremain.

About the Narrator

Grace Conlin (1962–1997) was the recording name of Grainne Cassidy, an award-winning actress and acclaimed narrator. She was a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company in Washington, DC, and won a Helen Hayes Award in 1988 for her role in Woolly Mammoth’s production of Savage in Limbo.