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November

1776

By David McCullough

Esther Forbes won the Pulitzer Prize for history in 1942 for her book Paul Revere and the World He Lived In.  The research Forbes conducted for that book inspired her to write a story about the lives of the apprentices in the shops and on the wharves of colonial Boston, and this became Johnny Tremain*...her best known work.

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Johnny Tremain won Esther Forbes the 1943 Newbery Medal, the annual award given to the author of the most distinguished conribution to American literature for children.  The novel takes readers through the defining events leading up to the Revolutionary war as seen through the eyes of a boy who turns in his smithing tools for a rifle and the fight for the liberty of America.  

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*From the book jacket