Teen Book Reviews: Johnny Tremain & The Crucible

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johnnytremain.pngClaire's back with a new pair of reviews, one of them a rare thumbs down!  First up is Esther Forbes' Johnny Tremain:

This book is about a 14 year old boy named Johnny Tremain. He was working for the Lapham family as an apprentice to a silversmith. He is a very good apprentice and could hardly wait until he became a master silversmith.



While he was making a silver basin, Johnny burned his hand badly on the molten silver. The Laphams don't want to keep Johnny around much longer because of his bad hand so Johnny has to go out and look for a job in town despite his injury. Johnny eventually finds a job as a horse boy for the newspaper called the "Boston Observer" and he finds himself also being a messenger for the Sons of Liberty. On his adventures he finds meets many important people and is a part of many historical events that revolved around the American Revolution.

I would recommend this book to a friend because it is full of action and drama. It also has lots of information about the American Revolution. There are surprises all over the book. There are also many famous historical people in it like John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Overall, it was a fantastic book.

Rating: Love it


crucible.pngClaire has less love for Arthur Miller's The Crucible, however:

The Crucible takes place in Salem Massachusetts in 1692. One day, a group of girls go to the woods and dance, which is forbidden in that town. The girls get caught dancing by the reverend and the next day the reverend's daughter, Betty, will not open her eyes or talk even though she is breathing. This causes much discussion in the town and many people think that the cause of Betty's actions could be due to witchcraft. A few months earlier, Betty's cousin, Abigail, had been fired from her job as housekeeper at the Proctor house. She had liked John Proctor and was mad at Elizabeth for kicking her out and firing her.

As more and more people are starting to think that there is witchcraft in Salem and that the girls had been conjuring spirits in the woods that night, the girls who had been in the woods unexpectedly start accusing many people of witchcraft. Soon, tons of people were being hanged because of these accusations. After so many people were accused, Abigail charges Elizabeth Proctor of witchcraft to get revenge on her for kicking her out, hoping she will get John back. The witchcraft accusations causes hysteria in the town of Salem Massachusetts and lots of death.

I would not recommend this book/play because it was not very interesting. A majority of the book was about trials and people being accused of witchcraft. There were tons of people being hung and one man pressed to death. There were also so many characters that it was hard to keep track of them all. Overall, it was not the best book/play ever.

Rating: It's okay

Thanks Claire. 

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This page contains a single entry by Ed published on December 7, 2010 2:32 PM.

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