Reviewed by: Jake
“The British are coming! The British are coming!” In Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, Johnny is a capable young man who is an exsilversmith and is searching for his real family. All Johnny wants in life is to have a family and a purpose. He burned his hand from silversmithing,so he is struggling to find a job. Next, Johnny finds a job with a kind independent man named Rab by delivering papers for THE BOSTON OBSERVER. He finds out that he is working for a young man who helps the Sons of Liberty. Then Johnny assists Sam Adams, Paul Revere and many other legends to stop the British by becoming a spy and finding out British plans because he wants to help his friend Rab. Along the way he will face trials of sadness and deaths of friends, so the question is, will Johnny find his purpose or has he already found it in battling the British.
I thought this book was excellent, but it gave me mixed feelings. It was alright because the author was very descriptive in a good way. Esther Forbes created a vivid picture in my mind of all the scenes and characters. Something that I struggled with was the length because I wished the action would move faster. This novel was very real, and it scarred my emotions very deeply from its amount of sadness and that’s a GOOD thing because if you care that much, it means it is written VERY well. I felt like I was in that time period. This novel also includes Johnny’s transformation of becoming more humble. This author is a fantastic writer.
I would recommend this novel to people who enjoy historical fiction and a story about someone who is trying to find a purpose in life. I would recommend this book to anyone older than 10 years of age due to language and action. Johnny Tremain book is not my favorite book, but it is extraordinary. I think people should read it.