Coming-of-Age Story set during the Revolutionary War. 1944 Newbery Medal winner and a popular reading assignment in American schools.The title character is a super-talented apprentice silversmith from Boston whose bright future is apparently ruined when he burns his hand at work. In need of a new life, he befriends a boy named Rab and becomes swept up in the American independence movement.Disney made The Film of the Book in The Fifties complete with an annoyingly catchy song about the Liberty Tree ("It's a tall old tree and a strong old tree"). It was actually originally intended as a Made-for-TV Movie, hence the low budget and no-name cast, but it ended up getting a theatrical release.
Hot-Blooded — Johnny's main character flaw besides arrogance.
In the Past, Everyone Will Be Famous — Founding Fathers and their associates abound; obviously this is justified to an extent, but we get to know Paul Revere, John Hancock and Josiah Quincy before the impending Revolution becomes even slightly relevant to Johnny's life.
It's All Junk — Johnny gets a chance to take his cup back when the Lytes get run out of town, but by that point he's moved on.
Irony — Meta example: The movie was directed by an Englishman, Robert Stevenson.
Jerkass — Johnny before he starts to watch himself.
Metaphorgotten: After Johnny and Cilla start growing closer, Johnny receives an apple from her and starts to view it as a symbol of his relationship with her, watching it to see if it will ripen or grow stale. Rab eats the apple when Johnny's not looking, though, and is confused at why Johnny is so angry at him for doing so. He offers to buy him more apples and claims it was rotten anyway (luckily not foreshadowing).
Nephewism — Rab's parents are dead, so he lives with his aunt and her husband (to whom he is apprenticed).
Orphan's Ordeal — Johnny is an orphan; his first surrogate family is the Laphams, as he is apprenticed to the family patriarch and expected to marry Cilla once they're old enough so he can inherit the business. Later he is taken in by Rab and his family. Meanwhile his actual extended family, the Lytes, want nothing to do with him.