My Brother Sam Is Dead

My Brother Sam Is Dead

by James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier


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ISBN-13: 9780439783606
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 06/01/2005
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 158,789
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.61(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About the Author

This award-winning author graduated from Clark University and earned a Ph.D. at Columbia University in History. Born in 1930 in New York City, Collier is an active member in many organizations such as the Connecticut Historical Commission and the State Museum Advisory Board. His honors include the Kidger Prize for Teaching, the Jane Addams Peace Prize, and the Newbery Honor. He previously worked as a junior high school teacher. Collier enjoys writing for children because he wants to show them that history is both interesting and important. His specialty is in the Revolutionary Era and New England. Christopher Collier lives with his wife in Orange, Connecticut and is the father of three. He is currently Professor Emeritus of American History at the University of Connecticut.

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My Brother Sam Is Dead 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 258 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 This book is a great adventure as well as a historical reference of the Revolutionary War.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 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
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!! :)
DSlongwhite on LibraryThing 3 months ago
Cooper needed to read this in seventh grade, so he called to ask if we could do a family book discussion after Thanksgiving. Lee, Holly, Avery, Mallory, Karen, Laurel, David, G & G, and Sandy read the book and Cooper led in the discussion.It is not a book I would have chosen, but I was glad to encourage Cooper to read and to show that we consider him a valued member of the family.This is the story of a civil war family whose father is on one side of the battle and the oldest son is on the other. They own a tavern in Connecticut.
bibliophile26 on LibraryThing 3 months ago
I had to read this for work. I have a team of fifth graders participating in something called Battle of the Books and this was one of the ones on the list. Sam goes off to join the Revolutionary army, despite his father¿s disapproval. A good book, but quite long.
Omrythea on LibraryThing 3 months ago
My Brother Sam is Dead by James and Christopher Collier is a historical fiction novel set during the time of the Revolutionary War. This book received the Newbery Honor in 1975 and is written by the same authors who wrote Jump Ship to Freedom. The two authors write as a team with one supplying all the historical research and the other filling in the story. The story tells the tale of Tim Meeker, an 11 year old boy who lives with his family in the tavern they run. His older brother Sam runs off with the family¿s gun to join the Rebels in their fight against the British. This causes considerable family tension since his father is a Loyalist. The family endures numerous hardships as food and supplies grow scarce, Tim¿s father is captured and held prisoner, and soldiers ride through town killing some of Tim¿s neighbors. Tim¿s character develops as he attempts to understand the war and which side is ¿right.¿ The themes in this book are courage despite adversity, and how right and wrong depend upon one¿s point of view. The story is carefully researched and gives considerable background on the issues and living conditions of the time. At the end of the book, the authors go over what events and characters in the book are taken from history. There is a bibliography for further reading and a fabulous timeline correlating events in the story with the documented events in history.
YoungMensanBookParade 8 months ago
My Brother Sam is Dead, by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier, is a historical fiction novel based on real-life challenges faced during the Revolutionary war. The central character and narrator is Tim, the son of a Connecticut tavern owner whose allegiance lies with the British. Tim’s older brother Sam runs off to join the Patriots and fight for independence, despite the strong wishes of his domineering father. Sam’s headstrong nature ultimately leads to his downfall and eventual execution. “His face was dead white but he managed to give me a grin- not much of one, but a grin. Then they passed on by. I waited until the last of the troops had gone on through, then I ran up to where the crowd was standing and began to push my way through. When people saw who it was they let me pass. I pushed my way up near the front of the crowd.” The authors convey a keen insight into the macabre reality of life and death during war as community members gather around to watch tragedy unfold in front of them. The jarring climax of this story occurs when Tim watches his big brother and role model get executed by firing squad. Consistent with the genre of historical fiction, the story about Tim and his family is a fabrication. However the authors use the Epilogue to provide a strong reality check. I was fascinated to learn that Ned, a Patriot who was beheaded in front of Tim, was actually a real person who was killed in this gruesome manner. The Collier brothers’ realistic and serious tone held my attention and focus throughout the story. Although the title of the book leaves no doubt as to what is going to happen to Sam, the story telling keeps the reader guessing about what will come next. I would recommend My Brother Sam is Dead to elementary school students, as it was an easy read and one that provides a glimpse into life during the American Revolution. I originally read this book in 3rd grade, but I enjoyed re-reading it, almost 10 years later. This book is reminiscent of The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism & Treachery which is also about the Revolutionary War and life in the 1770s. My Brother Sam is Dead received the prestigious National Book Award Nomination as well as Newberry Book Honors. Reviewed by Cameron H., age 17, Mensa South by Southwest
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a really great read and you should read it. It has some bad words and all but this is good for young adults like me so I would really recamend thid book P.S. sorry for the spelling
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good book. Enjoyed it all the way. The ending was sad but it was still an excellent story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I live history and i love this book... althiugh it is pretty sad. But i woukd definitely give this book an award.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book sucked. We had to read it in class and no one liked it at all. Find another book to read
jalalH More than 1 year ago
I would rate my Brother Sam is dead a four out of five stars, I thought that the book was a great historical fiction because it talked about the “lobster backs” which are the British and the Rebels. I liked how the narrator of the story was the younger brother because seeing from a different point of view makes you feel like your living in the household. I enjoy how the narrator explains his thought to his brother because he thought that his brother was a good role model. The author had a brilliant idea of having the father supporting the British and the older son supporting the Rebels, and the interesting thing was that they both new that each others were different supporters, but my favorite part was that the younger boy “Tim” was a supporter of both, meaning he was friends with some of the British and the Rebels. A big thing that happened in the story was that the boy helped his older brother steal some thing important from his dad, even though he didn’t want to, but his brother was his role model so he did as he asked. Since the older brother Sam was always gone because he joined the Rebels he didn’t really want to stay in a area full of British because he would feel as if they wouldn’t like him and possibly kill him. The book was very suspenseful, you never knew what was going to happen to Sam because he was gone for a while in the book then put back in, but that’s what I liked because it made me want to keep on reading, at the point of a big event the boy Tim would slowly lose respect to his older brother but near the end of the story, all respect goes to his brother Sam. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is boring and sucks,my whole class has to read this and they hate it too. yes it is part of history but this book should NOT have been published or received an award.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in fifth grade. It does have a few bad words in it, but its still a great book for young adults, like me. Please read. I recommend it to any young adults.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sams head gets chopped off dont read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago