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My Brother Sam Is Dead

My Brother Sam Is Dead

by Christopher Collier, James Lincoln Collier

This young adult novel, which successfully captures the pain of the Revolutionary War, is a fine example of historical fiction. The American Revolution was a war that divided families (English loyalists versus eager Patriots) and one of the families being torn apart is the Meeker family. Young Tim sees his 16-year-old brother join the militia to fight the British, while his father tries to remain loyal to the crown. Their hometown of Redding Ridge, Connecticut is a Tory town, and it is a constant struggle for the family to remain neutral. As the war progresses, Tim has to learn some very hard lessons: Life does not always follow the easiest and happiest course.

Readers will be drawn in by compelling characters, and also by the novel's well-crafted historical backdrop. The Collier brothers have written a story that reaches across historical boundaries, and has become a modern-day classic.

12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
Interest Level
Grades 7 - 12
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Scholastic Inc.
Number of Pages
Young Adult, Historical Fiction

About the Authors

Contributor Image Alt Tag Christopher Collier My Brother Sam Is Dead, published in 1974, gave readers a realistic view of the Revolutionary War on the eve of the U.S. Bicentennial in 1976. It was a Newbery Honor Book in 1975 and was designated a Notable Book by the American Library Association. It was also nominated for a National Book Award in 1975.
Contributor Image Alt Tag James Lincoln Collier James Lincoln Collier's most famous book, "My Brother Sam Is Dead," won the Newbery Honor Book Award in 1974.

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