My Brother Sam is Dead

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My Brother Sam is Dead

My Brother Sam is Dead

By: James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier

My Brother Sam is Dead is a historical fiction novel that takes place in the late eighteenth century, at the start of the American Revolution. The book follows the Meeker family of four, mother, father, and the two sons Sam and Tim, who live in the Tory town of Redding, Connecticut. The older son Sam went off to college and ended up in the war, fighting against the British. Unfortunately, the rest of his family are Tories. Because of this opposition, Sam and his father fight very often. Since Sam is gone Tim has more responsibilities, but he never really feels like a grown man like he thinks his brother is. Throughout the story, Tim faces another internal conflict when he isn’t sure if he should be on his brother’s side and be against the British, or listen to the words of his father. Tim then resolves those conflicts after going through life changing experiences, which make him into the person he has always wanted to be like, his brother Sam.

I thought the novel My Brother Sam is Dead was a great book. It was an easy read that did not take me long to read. Part of that was also due to the fact that the book was interesting and once I got into it, it was hard to put down. I enjoyed the book because there were many aspects of it that we are learning right now, so I understood what it was saying when that vocab was mentioned. Also, the main character was a boy around my age so it was cool to see what his role in the revolution is as a teenager. It sort of makes you think about what your role would be if that were you. The book had its moments of action, but not as much as I expected or hoped. Despite that, I did like the book very much.I would recommend the book to other people who are looking for a good read. I think people who have a little bit of prior knowledge about the time period would be the better readers. It is not necessary to have the prior knowledge but it would make the read easier and more enjoyable.



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