Understanding Great Literature: Johnny Tremain

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Author: Elizabeth Weiss Vollstadt
Publisher: Lucent Books; Hardcover
Ages: 8+

Lucent Book's Understanding Great Literature series offers a unique introduction to classic works of literature. Each book in the series is a companion to an enduring novel, play, or work of nonfiction and provides a comprehensive examination of the story's structure as well as a detailed analysis of important concepts within the work. Books in the Lucent series follow an easy-to-navigate format. Initial chapters offer a biography of the author and a discussion of the work as it relates to the times in which it was written. Subsequent chapters outline the story's plot and describe major characters, while a final chapter is devoted to major themes of the work. All of these elements work together to enhance the student's enjoyment and comprehension of the primary text. Each book also includes a series of study questions that probe main themes and an appendix of critical writings from reviewers and literary scholars that reflect how others have interpreted the work under discussion. An annotated bibliography points readers in the direction of other useful sources, and an extensive index helps students locate information quickly. Every Understanding Great Literature volume contains a complete set of critical tools to aid readers in appreciating some of the most popular and compelling pieces of writing in literary history.

Understanding Great Literature: Johnny Tremain opens with a biographical sketch that emphasizes Forbes's research of Revolutionary times and the effects that her experiences during World War II had on her viewpoint. This leads to a comparison of her perspective and that of Christopher Collier, coauthor of My Brother Sam Is Dead, another novel of the Revolution. Vollstadt continues with a synopsis of each chapter in Johnny Tremain and an examination of the characters, both fictional and real.

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