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My Brother Sam Is Dead

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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.
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Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1974)
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Adam
Oct 21, 2007 Adam rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: no one
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BJ Rose
This is apparently an often-banned YA book. Since it was written in 1975, it has appeared on many annual banned-book lists. The reasons are varied, and IMO mostly ridiculous. One reason given was 'foul language' - the word damn was used once or twice, and perhaps even bloody, a British cuss word. Another reason given was 'extreme violence' - the Revolutionary War was going on, and descriptions were given of what had been seen in battle, including a beheading during a fight between British soldie...more
LeeAnn
I had been told by authoritative sources that this was an excellent book to add to our collection of American historical fiction. I did not like it because I found it unbelievable. Their is one young lady in particular that had a mouth and manners that would have been regarded as tremendously rude and uncouth in a young lady at that time. (I think would be equally so in today's world but unfortunately more common.)

This book has the distinction of representing the Loyalist point of view during t...more
Sunny
My Brother Sam is Dead by Collier and Collier
Newberry Honour Book
Rating: 9/10. I love anti-war books.

Basic plot: Tim, the narrator, is a preteen boy who idolizes his brother. But when Sam defies his father and leaves Yale to fight in the American Revolution, Tim is torn between loyalties. Tim's father is captured by "cow-boys" (men who steal cattle for the Patriots/Rebels) but Tim manages to get home to his mother. Father, who was against the war from the beginning, ironically dies aboard a Brit...more
Stephanie Holmes
Jan 13, 2008 Stephanie Holmes rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone who likes American history
Recommended to Stephanie by: social studies teacher
My Brother Sam is a story that takes place during the American Revolution. It is the story of a boy named Sam who decided to join the Rebel army. His family owns a tavern and do not agree with Sam’s decision to join the army because they support the British government. There is additional conflict when Sam needs a weapon before he leaves, so he makes plans to steal his father’s gun. Sam’s journey is a long one with many difficult times. He quickly grows up because there is no longer time to act...more
Christina Wilder
Sep 21, 2012 Christina Wilder marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya, male-pov
Yell at me all you want, but I see this title and think of Supernatural. Sue me.
Jessica
this is one book that i enjoed that is historical fiction.
Andy258
This book is the best.
Anna Lembke
I wish it was possible to give less than one star, or even negative stars. This book was just that bad.
For one thing, the title? I mean, seriously? It gives away what happens in the book. I am not even going to mark this post for spoilers because the title already does that for you.
I have never liked historical, but when we read this book for English class, I was so scarred I was afraid to even touch another book of the same genre.
To start off with, Tim, the main character, is a tiresome boy w...more
Aziza
In the book “My Brother Sam Is Dead” the main character is Tim. He is a trader, doesn’t know what he is, and doesn’t believe in his mom, dad and brother. His very curious but always worried about others. Always once act like his big brothers. He proved to himself that he will never be like his big brother. Now I want you to meet Sam. Sam is determent always wants freedom from others, fight for his life. He doesn’t care about his family. He says that his country is first. He is very head strong...more
Marco De La Rosa
This story is about a young boy named tim who went thorugh a lot and tried to keep his older brother sam from any danger of harm that can cause to him by the indepence war but as tim and his dad tried to take that special england gun from sam to use at war, sam finds out that they are trying to hide it from him.Sam always gets mad when tim tries to help him from getting away from war but he is already adapted to the war so there is nothing tim can possibly do chang his brother opinion abot quiti...more
Tatyana
My Brother Sam is Dead is a tragic, yet educational book. While the main characters face problems with family and friends, readers not only experience conflict throughout the story but they also learn about life at war and many historical events that took place in the past. This particular book is half true and half made up. Reason being: the author(s) mixed real life happenings with fictitious happenings to make a well-developed story. It is about a teenage boy, Sam, who wants to fight in the w...more
Pete R
My brother same is dead is based on the life of a young boy named Tom Meeker. It takes place in Connecticut during the Revolutionary War when the Patriots were fighting the British. Tim has an older brother named Sam who decides to join the Patriots to help fight off the British. Tim's father who is Anglican which basically means he is loyal to the Church of England. He became very upset to hear that Sam wanted to join the Patriots and fight against his homeland. And to make his father even more...more
Andy Lee
Based on the title I figured I would know the plot of the story and that it would be very predictable, but I couldn't have been more wrong, although another title might have better suited the story.

The story is very well-written and easy to read. It flows quickly covering a lot of ground as it captures the lives of the Meeker family during the Revolutionary War.

This book does what a textbook could not, which is capture the life accurately of a family living during the time when America rebelled...more
Mary Overton
A terrible, brilliant historical novel about the reality of war on the homefront, how it disrupts and destroys families and how it forces young people to grow up quickly. Tim, the narrator, is 13, the son of a tavern owner in Connecticut, when the American Revolution begins.

"So there were a lot of changes in our lives, but the biggest was the one that was happening inside myself. Ever since I had got the wagon home by myself I hadn't felt like a boy anymore. You don't think that things really ha...more
Max
My Brother Sam is Dead has got to be the most overly exaggerated (until it bores the crap out of the reader) book in the history of the U.S. It is also claimed to be a children's book. Parents have to be careful of what they show to their children, due to the fact I'm pretty sure no parent would show their 4 year old kid a pornographic magazine, why would he/she show the kid a book where so many people die. Even the title is self-explanatory. The fact this book won an award makes me question and...more
Patrick
This is a work of historical fiction that revolves around the foundation of America. The reader follows Tim Meeker's account of events at the beginning and through the Revolutionary War. It is a coming-of-age tale for both Tim and an infant America as the pains of trying to grow and maintain order becomes the strange focus at the end of the novel. The ending seems a bit out of place, certainly not the path for the story that is set up by the title and the content.

You meet Benedict Arnold and ot...more
Michelle SY
I read this book years ago in the fifth grade. I hated it; I was barely ten but I distinctively remember thinking it was historically inaccurate. I was unmoved and pretty bored until the last page when, and I was so shocked at this, I started crying uncontrollably when Sam (finally) died. That was one of the most confusing moments I ever had reading a book, because I hated it so much yet, these strange emotions of over came me in the form of a deluge of tears.

Well, I still don't like this book.
Elisa Garcia
It was the first book that made me cry.
The first and only book that did that--ha, just kidding.
Just the first one.
Flora
Read it in 5th grade. my teacher read it to the class and she accidently read one of the bad words in it.
Marklandm markland
Sep 25, 2008 Marklandm markland is currently reading it
Read it back in 5th grade. Liked it then. Trying to see what my new perspective on it will be.
Sadie
Yo Yo Yo this book was stupid and offensive to America and our large amount of dough
isabelb
Dec 08, 2007 isabelb rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: 4th graders
READ 4TH Graders!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Maya
I'm reading this for my social studies book club
Katie
I didnt like this book, too graphic.
Jenna
boring....
Josiah
I'm always eager to get new perspectives on the Revolutionary War, to hear the story of fledgling America's fight for independence told with a new twist from someone who has a good story to relate. Authors James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier certainly have a unique and sobering story to tell through the characters of the Meeker family, and the enormous effect that the American Revolution ultimately had on their small, simple family in the United States of 1770s colonial times.

Tim's o...more
Annette
"My Brother Sam Is Dead" is about the American Revolutionay War and its effects on a boy, his family and their community. It is told from the perspective of Tim, Sam's younger brother. The authors include maps, a timeline of events and a section that separates the fact from the fiction in the story, which contains many actual people, places and events. The setting is also conveyed through descriptive details about the food, clothing, and chores, and through frequent references to religion and to...more
Christina
by James Collier total pages:216

The book My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier takes place during the time of the Revolutionary war. Tim and Sam"s father Tory is on the British side although he against the war. Tim isn't sure what side he is on. On the other hand Sam is a rebel and decides to fight on the American side. After time passes Sam leaves to go fight in the war and Tory died because one day he was coming home from buying cattle and he gets captured and put into jail and eve...more
Jim Thomsen
Another of my favorite childhood books. I'm not usually one for period pieces, but this Revolutionary War tale sneaked under my radar because the kids — Sam Meeker and his younger brother Tim, the book's narrator — were so relateable. They were scared, they squabbled, they put up brave fronts and occasionally surprised themselves and each other with real bravery.

The story: 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 Revolu...more
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James Lincoln Collier (born June 27, 1928) is a journalist, author, and professional musician.

Collier's notable literary works include My Brother Sam Is Dead (1974), a Newbery Honor book that was also named a Notable Children's Book by the American Library Association and nominated for a National Book Award in 1975. He also wrote a children's book titled The Empty Mirror (2004), The Teddy Bear Hab...more
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