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My Brother Sam is Dead (1975)

by James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier (Author)

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Living in Connecticut when the Revolutionary War breaks out, young Tim Meekers sees first hand what war can do, from tearing his family apart, then his little town, where neighbors betray each other and Tim is unsure which side is worse.

Though this book is forty years old, I'd never heard of it before LT (that should become a distinction here: BLT and ALT). Better than I expected. ( )
  mstrust | Jul 9, 2014 |
This book does a good job of making both sides of the revolutionary war (Tories vs. Patriots) equally sympathetic and equally hated forces. "War turns men into animals," says Tim's mother. The question the author really wants his readers to answer is this, "Could America's freedom been purchased without the bloodshed?" Good question. No easy answers. ( )
  andersonjill43224 | Jun 30, 2014 |
This book does a good job of making both sides of the revolutionary war (Tories vs. Patriots) equally sympathetic and equally hated forces. "War turns men into animals," says Tim's mother. The question the author really wants his readers to answer is this, "Could America's freedom been purchased without the bloodshed?" Good question. No easy answers. ( )
  andersonjill43224 | Jun 30, 2014 |
This novel is told from the view point of Tim, a 12 year old living in New England during the Revolutionary war. It is a tragic story of how politics and war can destroy a family. Tim’s family and the town that he lives in are loyalist to Great Britain. When Tim’s older boy, Sam, runs away and joins the revolutionaries Tim is left behind to help his parents eke out a living in the war-starved economy. Tim doesn't understand what all the fighting is about, and why his father is so angry at Sam. As the war drags on Tim questions his own loyalties and whether the price of freedom is worth all the ravages of war. This book is aimed at 8-12 year old reader. The novel is violent, dark and depressing at times, though is does a good job of presenting the complex issues of war. I do enjoy historical novels and children literature—but I didn’t find myself thrilled with this novel—it was a little too basic for me and it became a chore just to finish it. 2 ½ out of 5 stars. ( )
  marsap | Apr 24, 2014 |
possible book to eventually work into lessons
  ottilieweber | Apr 24, 2014 |
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My Brother Sam Is Dead
My Brother Sam Is Dead Is about two brothers named Tim and Sam. Sam left to join the Continental Army because his dad yelled and screamed at him. He got tired of getting yelled at and ran away. His father disliked the army he went to. Their family was making a descent living at the time. Sam came home one day and visited his family for a couple of hours, but his father pleased to see him but lectured him about the Army he was at. Sam left and said his goodbyes. A few days after Sam’s leave an old wise man gave Tim a letter to give to Sam’s chief. So Tim was on his way when he meets with Sam’s girlfriend she got very curious and asked Tim to open it, but Tim kept his promise he gave to the old wise man. She tackled Tim and took the letter and opened it and found out it was his plan all that time. Well wants Tim came home from his long journey his dad told everyone that he was going to round up the Cattle and take them down to an old selling place to sell them to the British. Tim wanted to go with his dad but said no. After a few days of begging his dad he finally let in. They rode their horses down to the selling place. While they were riding they met with some mean cowboys that threatened to shoot Tim’s dad. They told Tim to go wait in a field. They let Tim’s father pass and they carried on. They stayed at one of Tim’s dad’s closest friend that he used to hang out with. On the journey back they met with the cowboys again but this time they took Tim’s dad and put him on a prison boat. Tim had to ride the trip back. Once he told his mother she was devastated at what happened. A few days later they found out that the Father died from poisonous gas most of all prisoners died. A week or so Sam came back home and was disgusted at what the cowboys did to his father. His Army stayed in groups one in a church and others in people’s houses. Sam and Tim met in the church and broke down and cried. Later on Sam came to visit his parents. They heard a weird noise and I came from the barn. They sprinted out to the barn and noticed that one of the cows were dead and all the meat was gone from it. Well Sam got accused for taking the cow and was put in prisons and was to get hung. Tim ran down to the county police department and told them the story but they wouldn’t take his word because he was only a 12 year old boy. So the mother marched down and told them but yet again they didn’t believe her. After that Tim tried to save his brother but was shot multiple times. But Tim believes that his brother was a brave solider and died for something that he didn’t do.
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James Lincoln Collierprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Collier, ChristopherAuthormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Brown, John C.Narratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
DiCesare, JoeCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The classic story of one family torn apart by the Revolutionary War -- now with special After Words bonus features!

All his life, Tim Meeker has looked up to his brother Sam. Sam's smart and brave -- and is now a part of the American Revolution. Not everyone in town wants to be a part of the rebellion. Most are supporters of the British -- including Tim and Sam's father.
With the war soon raging, Tim know he'll have to make a choice -- between the Revolutionaries and the Redcoats . . . and between his brother and his father.

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Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the American Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.

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