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The Winter Hero (Brother Sam trilogy)

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Anxious to be a hero, a young boy relates how he becomes involved in Shays' Rebellion begun by farmers in western Massachusetts against unfair taxation levied on them by the Boston government.
Paperback, 132 pages
Published September 1st 1985 by Scholastic (first published 1978)
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Mary L.
Oct 15, 2015 Mary L. rated it it was amazing
I love James Lincoln Collier's young adult historical fiction. He really makes history come to life and shows how it never was just black and white, you're right and I'm wrong. He makes you think about how history applies to your life and this one applies today. To quote the main character: "And one last thing that we learned out of it was that if you don't take the trouble to vote your own representatives to the government, the government is likely to do a lot of things that you don't like.

Nov 30, 2011 Nick rated it it was amazing
wow talk about a ending that was CRAZY !!!!!!!!!!!!

There are always literary challenges in writing historical fiction, including keeping dates and facts true to history, as well as the use of specialized or archaic vocabulary and expressions--all of which create an aura of authenticity to the dialogue. The Collier brothers have mastered these skills for their novels, mostof which are set in New England. Despite having won the Revolutionary War in the previous decade farmers and common folk in MA are not able to enjoy the pro
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Oct 16, 2016 Laurie rated it liked it
Typically when I try out a book which seems to be geared more toward a male adolescent, it winds up being "okay" but not great to me because it's really not my preference for reading. However, this book did hold my attention throughout the novel. It's about a young man living in our past history, the time being the revolutionary times. He becomes a part of Shays Rebellion not really for the cause but because he wants to be a hero like the family member he lives with.

This novel continually kept
Jim F.
Jul 27, 2016 Jim F. rated it it was amazing
My second book by these authors. I am Surprised that I enjoyed the story a great deal as I also learned of a part of history that I was previously unfamiliar with. I recommend this book for those interested in history and interested in a good story that brings light to our history.
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A young boy and his version of Shay's Rebellion--1786 & 1787.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Brother Sam trilogy (3 books)
  • My Brother Sam Is Dead
  • The Bloody Country

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