Another book from my boyhood I revisited this summer is Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes. Growing up in New England around the time of our nation’s Bicentennial celebration I was obsessed with the American Revolution. This novel, which put a young boy in the middle of the action in the early days of the Revolution, was the perfect read at the time. Now, as an adult, I read Johnny Tremain with a different lens and found it as intriguing and entertaining as I did as a youth. Well worth the time for anyone interest in historical fiction – especially when written as a reflection of mid-century America.

About Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes:

“Fourteen-year-old Johnny Tremain, an apprentice silversmith with a bright future ahead of him, injures his hand in a tragic accident, forcing him to look for other work. In his new job as a horse-boy, riding for the patriotic newspaper The Boston Observer and as a messenger for the Sons of Liberty, he encounters John Hancock, Samuel Adams, and Dr. Joseph Warren. Soon Johnny is involved in the pivotal events of the American Revolution, from the Boston Tea Party to the first shots fired at Lexington.”

Johnny Tremain by Esther Hoskins Forbes is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers everywhere.