Esther Forbes was born in Westborough, Massachusetts. After attending school in Wisconsin,
Forbes served as a member of the editorial staff at Houghton Mifflin Company. By 1938 Forbes
had published a number of books; however, the book that put her in the spotlight, and for which
she was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1943, was her biography Paul Revere and the World He Lived
In. This was immediately followed in 1943 by Johnny Tremain--a Newbery Medal winner
and one of the most highly acclaimed books for young adults.