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My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier
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Jan 15, 2009

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 British prison ship. Toward the end of the novel, Sam is executed by his commander for allegedly stealing cattle, when in reality he was trying to save his family's cattle from other soldiers. Tim has to grow up a lot over the course of the novel, and in the epilogue you find out that he lives to have grandchildren and be very prosperous in the new America, but he still wonders if there could have been a better way than war to obtain freedom.

Why Challenged? My Guess? Anti-war sentiment, violence, language, injustice.

Research says: because of profanity
Profanity and graphic depictions of war.
complaints over violence and profanity.
the book's language and references to rape, drinking and battlefield violence.
Offensive Language, Unsuited To Age Group
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what?! my class read it! i was crying it was so bad!


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