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    Johnny Tremain
    By Amanda K.

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    I really enjoy Johnny Tremain. I think it's a great book that brings to life the heroism of that time. I've read this book several times, most recently this past July, and the first time as a fifth grader at home. It may have been a bit over my head as a fifth grader, but as I was reading it on my own, I didn't really have the chance to discuss with an adult some of the stronger, more adult themes in the book. I've never used it in the classroom, but my mother has used it as a read-aloud with her fifth graders. She says it works pretty well as long as you are able to discuss it with the kids. There is also a Disney movie, which takes out some of the more adult themes and emphasizes the excitement of the story, particularly the Boston Tea Party. There is a book, A Guide for Using Johnny Tremain in the Classroom, by Jean L. Haack. It's available on Amazon.

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