There has been nearly silence on this blog of late. It's the first week of school and all that, and I haven't had much time or energy for blogging. Now, however, I am rejuvenated, because the weekend is before me!! So, I decided to write a review of Johnny Tremain in celebration.
Johnny Tremain (by Esther Forbes) is about a young, haughty apprentice silversmith who...it's actually so complicated that I don't know if I can sum it up. I'll give you the summary on the back of the book:
"Johnny Tremain, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in the danger and excitement of Boston in the 1770's, just before the Revolutionary War. Johnny can't help being swept along by the powerful currents that will lead to the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington. But even more gripping than living through the drama of Revolutionary Boston is the important discovery Johnny makes about his own life."
There are a few books that have touched me in a special way. One of these is Johnny Tremain.
I first read JT in fifth grade and I liked it all right. I just didn't "get" it...I didn't really discover the meaning of the book. Recently, though, I read it again, and this time...I found the heart of the book.
Now it's one of my favorite books ever.
The plot is really gripping. (I'm not sure if what comes next has spoilers or not, so if you haven't read JT, proceed with caution.) Johnny burns his right hand badly in an accident in the forge and doesn't get proper medical treatment. He can't work with silver any more, so he's left to do menial tasks. Finally he leaves the place where he was apprenticed and tries to make a life for himself.
It takes a while, but he finally makes a friend, Rab Silsbee (I may or may not have a very slight crush on Rab.). Rab gets his family to hire Johnny.
The Silsbees' house is a regular meeting place for the Sons of Liberty, and, well, if you want to know what happens next, read the book. :D
The characters are lifelike and real, and Johnny rides a pretty awesome horse. I absolutely love this book- it has a great message and it's pretty accurate in terms of history. It has a bittersweet ending, and it always makes me reflect and think.
If you love historical fiction, this is for you. If you want a Christian book, read it. If you want a marvelous read with fun characters and real meaning...you guessed it. Read the book.
-Miss Jane Bennet