This is a review I just submitted to Guys Read, a website and program run by Jon Scieszka to encourage boys to read. The book is Johnny Tremain, an historical novel written for young people by Esther Forbes. If you have young boys or girls looking for a book to read this summer (or next school year), this one is hard to beat:
This marvelous historical novel is the story of a young boy, Johnny Tremain, during Revolutionary War times. It tells how he became involved in the events that shaped our country’s founding: the Boston Tea Party and the battles of Concord and Lexington. A silver apprentice by trade, Johnny learns to ride horses and deliver secret messages to the likes of Paul Revere, John Hancock and other Sons of Liberty, a patriot group fighting for America’s independence from England. Written by a Pullittzer Prize winning novelist and historian, the book is full of adventure, excitement, and marvelous story-telling.
I read Johnny Tremain as a boy, read it aloud a few years ago with my (now) 14-year-old son, and recently read it a third time with my 12-year-old son, who just did a book report on it for his sixth grade English class. The book gets better with each reading. Warmly and thoroughly recommended.