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3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  12,580 Ratings  ·  1,421 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published 1974)
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Oct 21, 2007 Adam rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
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Jan 12, 2009 Andy258 rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 14, 2009 LeeAnn rated it did not like it
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
Stephanie Holmes
Jan 13, 2008 Stephanie Holmes rated it really liked it
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
Jan 15, 2009 Sunny rated it it was amazing
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
Brian Coons
Mar 02, 2015 Brian Coons rated it did not like it
I did not like this book, I thought it was boring, tasteless and had no high or low points through out. When i read a book I like to have the feeling of wanting to read the next page, but this book did not do that. It might be because it was assigned to me in class. So maybe if I read it by myself i would like it, but i feel I would never take this book of a library shelf. The book and its title is so blunt there is no where to go in the story. The title itself tells you the climax which is usua ...more
Feb 25, 2009 Jessica rated it liked it
this is one book that i enjoed that is historical fiction.
May 19, 2009 Jenna rated it it was ok
Brendan Butler
Jan 06, 2015 Brendan Butler rated it really liked it
The book "My Brother Sam Is Dead" was a very reasonable book over the American Revolution. This book was interesting at first ,but the book kinda lost me towards the ending. One of the things I didn't like about this book was the title. I believe the author," James Lincoln " could have used a better title, I think the title tells you a little to much about the story. It tells the reader that a man or brother named Sam dies. As a reader you imagine who is Sam and why did he die. Well in the book ...more
Apr 23, 2016 Paige rated it did not like it
Hannah Crutcher
Jan 06, 2015 Hannah Crutcher rated it it was amazing
i read this book in class because our teacher forced us to. i honestly didnt like this book because im not into history novels. althouggh i did not like this book , i have to admit that i did like a couple parts of this book. one of the main parts of the book that i actually liked was when they were headed to sell the cattle and were stopped by the cowboys. another part i liked was when realization finally hit him and he realized that he hadnt seen his father in a while. the next part that i lik ...more
Dec 11, 2014 Brianna rated it liked it
Historical fiction is not my favorite.
Jan 07, 2015 Emily rated it liked it
I read this book in my social studies class. It is an informative, capturing work that uses imagery to help readers put themselves in characters' shoes. The story has quite vivid descriptions of the events, the main character Tim, how war affects the people at the time. While some descriptions may be on the violent side, and the word choice is very mature at times, the story is well written and gets the point across. I feel that the language and descriptions of this book are fitting for the stor ...more
Brady Turner
Jan 07, 2015 Brady Turner rated it it was amazing
My Brother Sam is a story 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 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. It is story that brings to life the history of America. And in the end it ended very suddenly and gruesomely wish the ending could have been more drawn out and happy but with a book called my brother Sam ...more
Laney Wilbert
Jan 09, 2015 Laney Wilbert rated it really liked it
The book "My Brother Sam is Dead" is a historical fiction set in the time of the American Revolution. This book leads you through the struggles and hardships Tim and his family faced. This book was very beneficial to me because it not only helps you understand how life was like at that time, but it also gives you another perspective of how people felt. In other words, this book shows you the other's opinions at the time(it gives more relatable information than a textbook). The story also talks a ...more
Aleece Givens
Jan 07, 2015 Aleece Givens rated it liked it
This book was easy to follow. Some things were bad like the title. Why name it My Brother Sam is Dead when he only dies at the end of the book? Other than that it was okay. It shows how life in the war wasn't that great. People struggled with the way it caused all the prices to go up. Besides the title giving it away right as the tension was creating, the book was a good book. I believe this book would also be a good book for a class if you were strugling or even needed it for a prodject. It giv ...more
Autumn Hargrove
Jan 07, 2015 Autumn Hargrove rated it it was amazing
Okay, I have to admit my teacher forced me to read this book and I don't really like historical books , but I read a couple parts and they were very alive to me like I could actually see it happening. I think people who really like the american revolution should consider reading then book!
The most intersting part to me was when they actually killed Sam I know that sounds bad but it was really realistic to me like i could see it happening while I was reading the book. People who who like the Am
Linda Hart
Nov 14, 2015 Linda Hart rated it did not like it
1.5 stars
Why you should not read this book:
1. Depiction of American patriots as immature and uninformed
2. Underlying innuendos of American Revolution being a pointless war
3. Colorless characters. As one reviewer said,“They were not loved and lost to me, just there and lost, or not…”
4. Unrealistic dialogue
5. Use of language and cursing inappropriate to time period (and inappropriate read for/to middle school and younger age kids.)
6. Story is just a series of disjointed events with no emotion
7. T
Sep 15, 2010 Aziza rated it really liked it
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
Oct 27, 2009 Marco De La Rosa rated it liked it
Shelves: first-quater
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
Jun 03, 2010 Tatyana rated it really liked it
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
Mar 31, 2011 Pete R rated it really liked it
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
Oct 15, 2010 Andy Lee rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-fiction
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
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
Apr 15, 2009 Max rated it did not like it
Shelves: advisory-2
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
Jan 07, 2015 Jerry added it
I think that the book," My Brother Sam Is Dead " is an okay book. If you are into history books, this is the perfect book for you. Even if you like war books its the right book for you. I personaly do not like history novels or war books. Even though I do not like those kind of books, this was a pretty good one. It informs you about what happened in the olden days. So you should choose this book if you are into those kind of books.
Jan 09, 2015 Billee rated it liked it
The book my brother Sam is dead was a alright book is showed what war is really about and what can happen to family if they are active duty. The thing I like about this book is the action, drama, and it was really unpredictable. Some reasons why I did not like this book are you would probably only read it if you really like reading and history. Last it did not have a attention grabber at the beginning.
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
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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
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“We woke up before the sun, hitched the oxen to the wagon, herded the cattle out of the Platt’s pasture where they had spent the night, and started off again on the road toward Peekskill. Peekskill was on the Hudson River. We would turn south there and go down the river about five miles to Verplancks Point. From North Salem to Peekskill was more than twenty miles. It would take us all day to make fifteen miles to our next stop, Father’s friends south of Mohegan. We were supposed to pick up another escort. I hoped we would find it soon. I didn’t like traveling through this country alone, and I kept looking around all the time for galloping horsemen.” 0 likes
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