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wah, I was born rich but I grew up poor wah, I burned my hand. I know this is perceived as being a kid s book , but I think that it is a story any adult would enjoy Johnny Tremain takes place in pre revolutionary Boston and is about a prideful but slowly improving boy who finds himself in the center of the independence fervor Although I obviously cannot be sure of how accurate the descriptions are, I appreciated the book for doing such a great job at taking me back to the colonial era of American history As Johnny Tremain struggled with adversity, his I know this is perceived as being a kid s book , but I think that it is a story any adult would enjoy Johnny Tremain takes place in pre revolutionary Boston and is about a prideful but slowly improving boy who finds himself in the center of the independence fervor Although I obviously cannot be sure of how accurate the descriptions are, I appreciated the book for doing such a great job at taking me back to the colonial era of American history As Johnny Tremain struggled with adversity, his decisions, and his relationships with those around him all the while inviting us into this exciting time I could not help but become emotionally attached to his character and his story I flat out loved this book.If anyone who reads this review is a middle school teacher, or even a high school teacher, I highly recommend that you assign this book to your students Not only is it an exciting way to get a view into an essential period of America s history but uses a relatively high level of language for being dubbed a children s book How in the world did I only give this three stars before This book was pretty much perfect I have recently learned that this author was my great grandmother s college roommate My desire to reread has very much intensified. Great story about the Revolutionary War from the perspective of a silver smith Many famous names from that time are in the story like John Hancock and Sam Adams Johnny is an apprentice as a silver smith until an unfortunate accident maims his hands He then becomes a newspaper courier when he gathers information for the Rebels The Redcoats are trying to keep the people in line This leads up to the first battle in the war.There is one moment in the story I found very disturbing Johnny slaps Great story about the Revolutionary War from the perspective of a silver smith Many famous names from that time are in the story like John Hancock and Sam Adams Johnny is an apprentice as a silver smith until an unfortunate accident maims his hands He then becomes a newspaper courier when he gathers information for the Rebels The Redcoats are trying to keep the people in line This leads up to the first battle in the war.There is one moment in the story I found very disturbing Johnny slaps his friend who is a girl for something she says in front of a room of people It s so hard that she falls down Everyone else in the room simply laughs at her and the situation It was very abusive and horrible Johnny was a great character until that scene I rated it high for the great portrayal of the time period, but that scene really bothered me I guess that kind of thing did happen in that time period The past can be fraught with horror.I did enjoy this story It is an interesting time in the states and our history People were brave, harsh and rash It really is amazing it has worked as well as it has So glad I finally read this [ DOWNLOAD PDF ] ☺ Johnny Tremain ♽ Johnny Tremain, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in the danger and excitement ofBoston, just before the Revolutionary War But evengripping than living through the drama of Revolutionary Boston is the important discovery Johnny makes in his own life
This was an amazing book Beautiful, powerful, heartbreaking, healing, inspiring, courageous, sweet, and so muchIt s not my favorite historical fiction or Revolutionary War book, and not quite as amazing as the best I ve read but it comes incredibly close It was so wonderful It was very, very well written, and incredibly powerful, in characterization, plot, writing style, historical accuracy, setting, and theme I really, really love Johnny For so many reasons He s a fabulous charac This was an amazing book Beautiful, powerful, heartbreaking, healing, inspiring, courageous, sweet, and so muchIt s not my favorite historical fiction or Revolutionary War book, and not quite as amazing as the best I ve read but it comes incredibly close It was so wonderful It was very, very well written, and incredibly powerful, in characterization, plot, writing style, historical accuracy, setting, and theme I really, really love Johnny For so many reasons He s a fabulous character and protagonist I was eager to experience his character arc, since he started out so proud and selfish and angry And though I knew it would be good, it still blew me away It was wonderful to watch him grow and heal A paragraph in a review can t sum up his wonderful mix of determination and courage, tenderness and heart, laughter and anger, bitterness and sweetness I felt each emotion along with him, from joy and victory, to despair and shame, to horror and grief I was completely caught up in his story, his adventures, his hopes and defeats And his character arc was fabulous in all its fascinating, well developed threads and facets view spoiler In addition to the parts relating to his inner healing, I loved seeing him realize he didn t want the riches and depravity of the Lyte family hide spoiler Every character in this book is incredibly vivid and real and alive Johnny most of all, but each and every other character, as well The author is one of those ones with the rare skill of choosing the exact right details of appearance, speech, and mannerisms to bring each person to life and make them walk off the page I could see each and every character and their appearances and movements so clearly in my mind,down to the last detail, which only happens for me in those rare books with incredibly skillful characterization.I loved how even the nicest characters were flawed, but still sweet And how the nasty characters were despicable but still human, understandable, and easy to sympathize with Fictional characters and real life historical figures were equally vivid and real I felt like I knew them just as well as Johnny did Paul Revere most of all, for me he was my favorite but all the others too The author really made me care about them One of my very favorite characters was Doctor Warren another character who seemed so real and wonderful to me I have a special place in my heart for kind and skilled medical characters, and I becameattached than I knew view spoiler I was really heartbroken to find out that in real life, he died a mere few months after the book s end hide spoiler I really, really loved Johnny s friendship with Rab, and his friendship with Cilla Of course I adored both Rab and Cilla so very much, though I adored Johnny farCilla was so sweet and saucy, and I loved her grit and everything else And Rab was so wonderful, almost perfect, but still flawed, which I love I loved his calm and unflappability, his bravery and determination, his unfailing understanding, and the way he helped everyone he met especially Johnny, for Rab was the one who helped him most to heal And I both loved and was alarmed by his fierce, dark side that takes joy in a fight I loved seeing them through Johnny s changing perspective, and of course, in addition to the individuals, I was caught up and invested in the highs and lows of both of Johnny s friendships with them And then there were things with those characters that brought me heartbreak one in particular, even though I had been spoiled and was prepared It really tore me up, unsurprisingly I love the understated way the author wrote things, and Johnny s understated reactions so muchpowerful than melodrama.The author made the historical setting of pre Revolution Boston come to life, just as much as the people involved I felt I was there, and could see and smell and feel and hear it all The tense, explosive air, like a powder keg about to burst into flame, was tangible And even the peaceful, quiet moments in nature swept over me so vividly I loved Johnny s up close view of the events going on, and the men who made them happen and Johnny s own vital part in those events The author made me believe it really did happen that way from the words of the Sons of Liberty in private, to Johnny s secret spying It really helped me understand the events that started the war, and the opening battles And all the intricate machinations that brought them about Also, the author made both sides so human She didn t shy away from honestly portraying the horrible violence on both sides for the Patriots were often cruel and violent, as well as the British I really appreciated how Johnny was bothered and even sickened by the violence but he was courageous and strong and determined, and chose to face danger and the threat of death over and over, even though he was deeply afraid I respect thatthan someone who is unaffected by fear In addition to portraying the callous, unfeeling, often extreme cruelty of the British Redcoats, the author showed their humanity, and the fact that they were often pleasant and even nice, rather than being a one dimensional caricature of evil I know that both sides of them were true to history, and I m glad it was reflected in such a balanced and vivid way in the book.I also really, really adore the author s portrayal of the cause of freedom and the brave men and women who fought and died for that cause and were determined and ready and willing to do both The author s writing makes me feel the hope and glory and fiery light of it, even as she portrays its messiness It reminds me how proud I am of my country and of my ancestors who began this country and fought to make and keep it free, in the 1700s and over the last 250 years I could sayon that part of the book, but it s hard to describe the poignancy and power of that aspect of itA man can stand upAbove all, this is a story of Johnny s heartbreak and hope and healing And that is what I loved most about it Some spoilers ahead in this section I have a special place in my heart for characters who become crippled or disabled, and have to keep pressing on through life, and must heal in different ways And I identify with that experience, since it s similar in some ways to my own the characters who are physically crippled or have a physical disability often go through a similar experience to what I ve been through with my own less physical disability I felt for Johnny eventhan I would otherwise, because I ve had my own life, dreams, hopes, and career seemingly destroyed by what I ve been through This book was especially well written in that aspect of the story, as well as nearly every other way It was heartwrenching to watch Johnny as he went through such a terrible event, and its aftermath It was also interesting to watch a proud, selfish character go through that, and the character development was fabulous I loved watching Johnny grow and change for the better because of it And I was rooting for him to find life and healing and friendship More spoilers ahead Halfway through the book, the author intentionally gave me hope that his disability could be healed and reversed I hoped for that so much, especially after the book portrayed his horrible expecting as a punishment for pride, and the just judgement of God which seemed too legalistic to me But that gave me hope, and I wanted the book to end with physical healing I didn t know if it would, but I hoped it might But later on, I realized that farimportant than physical healing, Johnny needed healing in other ways and he was being healed in those ways And eventhan that even if he was never healed, and was crippled for life Johnny and the reader both learned and saw that he could do great and meaningful and important things, even though he was unable to shoot a musket And that s just as important than the hope of physical healing view spoiler I really loved that he did receive the opportunity for physical healing in the end but first he had to heal in other ways, and I was so glad he did And I was overjoyed when his physical healing came at the end It s healing and hopeful to read about, for me in particular hide spoiler I was so satisfied by the ending, for the above reasons as well as many others I really love bittersweet endings, and this one was perfect I loved how it looked forward at the war and victory to come, and Johnny s new role in it taking up the fight that others had already died for, to give birth to a new land of freedom that Johnny loved and believed in and belonged to 4.5 starsI highly recommend this book to fans of quality young adult historical fiction, young teens and up I m so glad I tried this book again on the high recommendations of so many Goodreads friends, and one friend in particular I enjoyed it from the beginning, but I thought for a while it would be 4 stars It surprised me in that I enjoyed itandas the book went on my rating grew higher, and the book quietly snuck up on me and became a favorite without me even realizing it Content Overview I wouldn t recommend this to anyone below the age of a preteen, or to a sensitive preteen It s best for young teens and up Though understated and never graphic in the least, the book contains mention of violence, death, killing, execution, wounded soldiers, torture e.g tarring and feathering , peril danger threat of death, and other violence There s very mild swearing, limited to quite a few instances of h l and d n from British soldiers never anyone else , and mention of other swearing and oaths that are omitted from the dialogue The book contains no sexual content, but some mild romantic elements It talks briefly several times about people falling in love, marrying, and eloping, and includes arranged betrothals between two young teenagers and between a young girl and a middle aged man A young man enjoys dancing with girls, and he courts a girl he seems interested in A young man is jealous of another young man paying attention to a girl he cares about A teenaged boy has a crush on or infatuation with a beautiful woman in her twenties he merely thinks she s beautiful but it was handled well by the author, was never inappropriate, and was never anything that made me uncomfortable in the least All of this is very understated and appropriate but sometimes blunt.Reviewed January 2019Reread February March 2020 I hated this book if u read this book you will become boring and old this book pulls you into a wrinkled old time of so called action i could havefoundaction by going to a retirement home and watching the 900 year old people play bingo i of course was forced against my will to read this,otherwise, i wouldnt go spitting distance of it if you enjoyed this book mr.flegar then you are boring old do not read this thing it s a plague save yourselves That a man can stand up as simple as that And the strange new sun rising in the west A sun that was to illumine a world to come My favorite book of all time. If I were a children s book writer, this is exactly the kind of book I d love to write It has mystery, suspense, romance, history, coming of age, overcoming personal and physical problems gosh, it has it all.I ve always wanted to read this book, just never got around to it till now If your child is studying Revolutionary War times in history, this would be a great literary supplement to that history lesson It brings the history of that time to life.Including, but not limited to One if by la If I were a children s book writer, this is exactly the kind of book I d love to write It has mystery, suspense, romance, history, coming of age, overcoming personal and physical problems gosh, it has it all.I ve always wanted to read this book, just never got around to it till now If your child is studying Revolutionary War times in history, this would be a great literary supplement to that history lesson It brings the history of that time to life.Including, but not limited to One if by land, two if by sea, Paul Revere, John Hancock, Lexington and Concord, Minute Men, Boston Tea PartyandAll seen through the eyes of our fourteen year old hero, Johnny.I highly recommend this book Definetly not the greatest book ever written Pretty terrible actually Didn t like it at all Expected it to be better and i m very dissapointed It was very hard to understand what was going on im each chapter and I would not recommend this book to anyone.