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Johnny Tremain - Classic Historical Fiction

By November 6, 2012

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cover art of Johnny Tremain The historical novel Johnny Tremain has certainly stood the test of time. The author, Esther Forbes, won the 1944 John Newbery Medal for the book. I read and enjoyed it as a kid and librarian Jennifer Kendall recommends it for ages 10 and older. The story, set in the Revolutionary War era, is full of adventure as Johnny Tremain, 14 year old orphan, finds his life turned upside down by a tragic accident, becomes a rebel spy and is involved in such events as the Boston Tea Party. Readers of this novel about an exciting time in American history, will find it particularly intriguing because the story is told from a 14 year old's point of view.

A Question for You: Before I add Johnny Tremain to my annotated reading list of Award-Winning Historical Fiction For Middle Grade Readers, I have a question. At present, the books are listed in no particular order. Would you prefer the list in alphabetical order by title or to have the books listed in order of time period? Please click on "Comments" below and share your preference.

(Cover art courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

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November 8, 2012 at 7:40 am
(1) Ruth gurich says:

I would like the historical fiction listed by timeline.

November 8, 2012 at 9:43 am
(2) Suzanne D B says:

I agree. A timeline list would be most helpful.

November 9, 2012 at 3:16 am
(3) jane wiegand says:

I would prefer the listing by title and in alphabetical order. Hope you will include all the pertinent Newberry Award winners in your listing.
Jane Wiegand

November 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm
(4) Kayte Russell says:

I would prefer the books by time period in history, please.

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