Esther Forbes

Esther Forbes was an American novelist, historian, and children's writer. She is best known for her novel 'Johnny Tremain,' which won the Newbery Medal in 1944. Forbes also received the Pulitzer Prize for History in 1943 for her biography 'Paul Revere and the World He Lived In.'


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  1. 1. Johnny Tremain

    This novel is a historical fiction set in Boston during the early stages of the American Revolution. It follows the story of a young silversmith apprentice, whose life takes a dramatic turn after a crippling hand injury prevents him from continuing his craft. As he searches for a new purpose, he becomes involved with the Sons of Liberty, participating in pivotal events leading up to the American Revolution. Through his experiences, he encounters historical figures, faces moral dilemmas, and grows from a selfish adolescent into a patriotic young man, offering readers a vivid glimpse into the struggles and spirit of the time.

    The 4097th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. A Mirror for Witches

    Set in 17th century New England, this historical novel tells the story of a young girl who, after surviving a shipwreck that killed her parents, is adopted by a wealthy couple. However, the girl is soon accused of witchcraft due to her strange behaviors and the mysterious events that seem to follow her. As the town's paranoia and fear of witches grow, the girl finds herself caught in a dangerous situation, struggling to prove her innocence while facing the harsh realities of the witch trials.

    The 8151st Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Paul Revere and the World He Lived In

    "Paul Revere and the World He Lived In" is a comprehensive biography that explores the life and times of Paul Revere, a key figure in the American Revolutionary War. The book delves into his career as a silversmith, his role as a courier and patriot, and his participation in the infamous midnight ride. The narrative also gives readers a detailed insight into the social, political, and economic landscape of 18th century Boston, thereby providing a vivid image of the world Revere inhabited.

    The 11128th Greatest Book of All Time