My Brother Sam Is Dead

My Brother Sam Is Dead

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Overview

The classic story of one family torn apart by the Revolutionary War All his life, Tim Meeker has looked up to his brother. Sam is 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 knows he will have to make a choice between the Revolutionaries and the Redcoats, and between his brother and his father.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781620648704
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 02/12/2013
Sales rank: 636,678
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

James Lincoln Collier has written many books for children, including Give Dad My Best and Planet Out of the Past. Mr. Collier has also contributed more than five hundred articles to the New York Times Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and Boy’s Life.

Christopher Collier is a recently retired Professor of History from the University of Connecticut. His field is Early American History, especially the history of Connecticut and the American Revolution.

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My Brother Sam Is Dead 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 273 reviews.
cpjack23 More than 1 year ago
Action, adventure, war and cruel punishment the book my Brother Sam Is Dead has it all . This book made my mouth water and pant for more of this spine chilling adventure. There is romance between many characters as well as war between colonies and cruel punishment at times with so much description that you have sympathy for the characters in the book. You feel as you are a witness in the time and you are beside the main character as his dreadful life moves on. I recommend this awesome story to anyone. This book is a great adventure as well as a historical reference of the Revolutionary War.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My Brother Sam is Dead.as its title suggests, is respectively violent with little happiness and cheer. You will most likely think because of these aspects, this book is terrible, but that isn't so. My Brother Sam is Dead is a book that takes place in the Revolutionary War with action and history. The main characters are a family named the Meekers, (in order of age) Tim, Sam, Susannah (mother), and Eliphalet (father). This family is loyal to the British, but Sam, at 17 years, fights for the rebel army. Sam decides to enroll because he feels like he's a part of something important. This action makes Life very angry. I do not suggest children under 12 years of age reading this book because there are many, many curse words and some images may be disturbing. Even teenagers or adults may find this book gory and sad. On a scale of one to ten, I would give My Brother Sam is Dead a 6.5.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since i read this in 6th grade it holds mysterys and drama part and some curses but awesome good fot kids 10+
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little romance, adventure, war, punishment, and family bonds and don't forget the death. My Brother Sam is Dead has it all. This informative and interesting novel brings a lot of things into it. Based in 1775, Timothy Meeker (aged 12) is forced to work hard as his family is thrown into the Revolutionary War. With most of his family on the Tory side and his brother on the other side Tim must make the decision. Will he be a loyalist or rebel? Or will he turn out to be neither and just want it all to be over like his mother. Then he makes the ultimate decision between life and death. What will happen? Read it and find out. It is a fascinating book which shows the Revolutionary War through a Childs eyes the punishment and hardships.
3BarneSK More than 1 year ago
To Tim, the revolutionary war was almost nonexistent. Almost¿ Tim¿s brother was off fighting in the war. The family was falling apart, entirely.

Living in Tory country, Tim and his family get along running a tavern. Tim¿s older brother is off at college when he comes home with news and a uniform. Talk of Lexington and Concord enrages Tim¿s father. Even more so the news that Sam (the brother) is going to war against the British army.

To Tim the war becomes more and more clear to him as time goes by. Troops come and go and food shortages are more common. Tim realizes the reality of the war and that war is utterly unfair and harsh.

My Brother Sam is Dead is a book that shows what happened to the every day citizen at the time of the revolutionary war. It tells about the hardships of the citizens and what they felt about the war.

The title of the book tricks you once you get into the book. The book was effective in showing what happened during the revolutionary war. This book shows what is not seen in the everyday history books. For this I recommend it to anyone who would like to know more about the revolutionary war
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in 5th grade. Me and 4 of my friends. We all loved this book.
The_hibernators More than 1 year ago
My Brother Sam is Dead is a heart-breaking story of how politics and war can destroy a family. Tim and Sam are from a New England town which strongly supports the British government during the Revolutionary war. When the older boy, Sam, runs away and joins the revolutionaries, the impressionable 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. Tim questions his own loyalties and finally learns what real responsibility is. This book is aimed at 8-12 year old boys. The adventure is exciting enough that kids will enjoy the book on their own (if they like historical adventure). However, the book would be more educational with adult guidance (many kids might not know enough about the revolutionary war to understand the emotional tension of the plot). A warning though: the language is a bit strong for the target audience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a good book, but very sad. I thought the action was good, the plot substantial, but somehow it was a bit herky jerky in parts. I enjoy reading books about this era and this is a solid read for young adults. I would also recommend another book though that deals with a young boy's adventure called Jamestown: Journey Back in Time. I just finished this book and you talk about a fun fast read, this book was it. I highly recommend this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
WE READ THIS BOOK FOR HISTORY AT FIRST IT WAS A LITTLE BORING BUT IT GOT SO GOOD, I THOUGHT THIS BOOK WAS SO INTERESTING.IT WAS VERY SAD AT THE END BUT OTHER THEN THAT IT WAS GOOD!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was good because it relates so good to The American Revolution and lets you know what went on during that time. I also enjoyed it because It keeps you on the edge the whole time. That is my opinion on this book. Go to your local libaray and check it out NOW!! :)
larrellharris on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This story is based on real events stemming from the Revolutionary War. This story used real life locations and based some events of real life situations. There were fictional characters in this story, but the author tried to keep them as real as possible.Personal Reaction:My personal reaction to this story is that never take life for granted, because book stories can tell real life situations.Classroom Extensions:I will teach the class that story books can tell real life situations and locations.
cwollan09 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Historical FictionCharacterization: (Graded by Stars)Review: Tim Meeker is close with his brother, Sam. Upon returning from Yale, Sam informs his family that he will be fighting with the Rebels in the American Revolution. However, their hometown, Redding, and family are Tories (British-side). This causes tension within their family. Tim sticks by his brother and his mother & father the entire time while struggling to figure out what he believes. This book is a good example of historical fiction because it includes both history and fiction. The authors included true characters and events that took place during the American Revolution, but the Meeker family is fiction. Media: N/A
SharineHodge on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Summary:This book provides factual information about the Revolutionary War from where it was fought to how it was fought. It was about a young boy by the name of Tim who seemed to be fighting two sides. He was seen as just a younger brother who looks up to his older brother who was fighting in revolutionary war for the sake of freedom. He was also had his family who supported the British. Sam and Tim¿s father died from poisonous gas set up by cowboys. Sam was very upset about this as well as Tim. They both cried for the loss of their father. Sam was accused of taking a cow and was imprisoned and shot multiple times after relentless effors of their mother and Tim to convince the the county police of his innocence. Tim always believe that his brother was a brave solider and died for something that he didn't do. Tim hates the fact that there has to be a war and is trying to find his place in terms of which side should he be on. This seems a bit confusing for young Tim because of what he reads about in the history books. He sees war as a very difficult aspect of life and affects every life. The setting of the story has to do with real war yet there were areas if drama displayed in this novel. The novel highlights how difficult life was like at the Time of Revolutionary War. It highlights the life of Tim and his family as it relates to the war an the various changes he had to go through in his life. As he becomes a man, he becomes more responsible and now sees war differently. Personal Reaction:I like the creative use of imagery in this novel. I believe that the use of imagery was ideal for a historical fiction such as this one. I believe that this author had young readers in mind as I can only imagine how it would grasp their attention as well as arouse even more curiosity about war itself. Even though there are no pretty pictures throughout this book, the reality of the story comes to life because of the creativity and craft or art used in this book. Children would definitely be interested in reading this book. Extension:This book can be used in a history lesson to give students an idea of how life was at the time of Revolutionary War. The teacher can elicit a discussion about war itself. Have students tell their feelings about war and discuss the various reasons why war is fought. Students can create a poem or a short song about war which higlights their personal veiws about war itself.
MarcusGrabowski on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
James Lincoln Collier is a skilled writer. Growing up in a family of writers, it is no shock that he has written many books, including historical fictions and jazz performers¿ biographies. He has over 30 years of experience as a journalist, and he¿s a professional trombone player as well. He served for the U.S. Army from 1950 to 1951, proving his love for America. His novel, My Brother Sam is Dead, Is a Newbery Honor book, American Library Association Notable Children¿s Book, and it was nominated for National Book Award in 1975.My Brother Sam is Dead is about Tim Meeker, a thirteen year-old boy, who has a dad that¿s a Loyalist, and a brother , Sam, that¿s a Patriot fighting in the Revolutionary War. His father ends up being captured by cowboys for selling beef to Loyalists in New York. After the cows from their family¿s tavern get loose, Sam and Tim go looking for them. They split up to search and Sam is accused for stealing his own cattle, and then is in great danger with his platoon. This book is closely related to Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes, for they both are historical fiction and are set in the Revolutionary War period.Although I like War era and historical fiction literature, this book was not something I was hooked on. It does have a very good story line, though. I would rank this book 4 out of 5. Anyone that is a fan of American history will enjoy the novel My Brother Sam is Dead.
jmilton11 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Historical FictionMedia: noneAge: MiddleReview: This book has characters who are not real people, however the events the book is based around are historically correct. The author does a good job of including real characters in the story as well.Character: Tim is a dynamic character. He starts out as a boy, and then grows into a man when his father is taken away by bandits. His thoughts about the war also change throughout the book.
ERMSMediaCenter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.
Mattiii on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
When i saw this book i assumed it would be a sappy and sad book but suprisingly was wrong! It was a gutrenching and exciting book! It kept me at the edge of my seat and enjoyed it alot. Also had some history which is always good!
ShellyCBuchanan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tim tells the story of his family and the community in which they live, Redding, after his brother joins the patriots in the Revolutionary War. Sam's divisive decision upsets the family dynamic and increases tension between the neighbors. All the while Tim, who admires his brother more than anyone, wrestles with him own political attitudes and, equally importantly, growing into manhood. This coming of age novel vividly depicts life in colonial and revolutionary America. Because it seems to authentically capture so many human emotions around both growing up ideas about war, this novel remains accessible to middle readers today. The Collier brothers bring readers into the heart and mind of a believable young man during one of the most significant periods in our national and world history.
msequeira06 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Genre: Historical Fiction because the story is based on the Revolutionary War and much of the story is one that is possibly very accurate, however these particular characters are not real, making the story fictional.
nm.winter08.ylopez on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Tim's brother that is Sam wants to go to the war but his family doesn't want him to go so he goes without telling his family anything and Tim always goes to see him and his always in a hurry before his dad knows that he went to go see Sam. Sam father was against that Revolution and everytime Sam would go visit his family his mom had to keep him some where else because of his dad he didnt want to see him and the people that are in the revolution didn't like his father but they didn't know that Sam father was against them. So sam had to lie to the revolution about his family but then the revolution saw him talking to a girl that is against them so they said that Sam betraid them so they killed him they hang him but his mom didn't want to go ssee so Tim, Sam's little brother went to go see how they killed Sam. like the revolution didnt like his dad so he was shot by the revolutions.
mkschoen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Interesting ¿ portrays both sides fairly. And a good explanation of why Tories supported England, which you don¿t get often in school (I certainly didn¿t get ever). Also does a good job of showing that in war, there is always evil, no matter how righteous the cause, and how hard it as on the people just trying to live through it. So often we only hear about the founding fathers, and not what regular people were doing (or if it is about ¿normal¿ people they¿re caught up in big events, the Revolutionary American Girl is totally a Mary Sue.)
The_Hibernator on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My Brother Sam is Dead is a heart-breaking story of how politics and war can destroy a family. Tim and Sam are from a New England town which strongly supports the British government during the Revolutionary war. When the older boy, Sam, runs away and joins the revolutionaries, the impressionable 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. Tim questions his own loyalties and finally learns what real responsibility is. This book is aimed at 8-12 year old boys. The adventure is exciting enough that kids will enjoy the book on their own (if they like historical adventure). However, the book would be more educational with adult guidance (many kids might not know enough about the revolutionary war to understand the emotional tension of the plot). A warning though: the language is a bit strong for the target audience.
lpeal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Sam is a die hard Torie who want to beat the Lobserbacks. Tim, Sam'slittle brother always looked up to Sam. Tim is left to fend for the tavern and his mother after a horrible trip to buy products for the tavern with his father. They don't know if Dad is alive or will TIm make it. THis would be a great book to use for middle school kids when talking about how the Revolutionary war was.
briannad84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Read this back in fifth grade, very good book! I always loved the title!