Johnny Tremain, a children’s novel that takes place during the Revolutionary War, tells the story of Johnny, a silversmith’s apprentice whose promising career is interrupted by an hand injury. No longer able to work in a forge, Johnny seeks out a new life and becomes embroiled in Revolutionary politics, joining the cause of the American patriots. This coming-of-age novel explores themes of pride, justice, and the importance of independence.

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