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    My Brother Sam Is Dead

    My Brother Sam Is Dead

    by Christopher Collier James Lincoln Collier

    Two brothers are torn apart and a bitter family battle ensues, caused by differing loyalties during the Revolutionary War. "Earns a place beside our best historical fiction."—Horn Book Mature content

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    Tim's older brother Sam has joined the Patriot army, even though their father supports the King. The Revolutionary War is raging, and Tim knows he'll have to pick a side. But how can he choose if it means fighting his father on one side or his brother on the other? This Newbery Honor book shows your child how a young man discovers that he has to decide what's right for himself.

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Interest Level:
7-9

Lexile Framework:
770L

Grade Level Equivalent:
5.8

Guided Reading Level:
Y

Age:
12-14

Genre:
Historical Fiction

Subject:
Siblings, Colonial and Revolutionary America, American Revolutionary War, Loyalty

About This Book

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.

About the Author

James Lincoln Collier's most famous book, My Brother Sam Is Dead, won the Newbery Honor Book Award in 1974.


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