Great novel about the American Revolution for older kids. Read Common Sense Media's My Brother Sam Is Dead review, age rating, and parents guide. My Brother Sam is Dead is a novel by Christopher Collier & James Lincoln Read a Plot Overview of the entire book or a chapter by chapter Summary and. 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.
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My Brother Sam Is Dead by James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier [ Christopher Collier by James Lincoln Book 1 of 3 in the Brother Sam Trilogy Series. The Newbery Honor Book My Brother Sam Is Dead joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus. The classic story of one family torn apart by the Revolutionary War All his life, Tim Meeker has looked up to his brother Sam. Sam's smart and brave -- and is now.
Shmoopers, we've got a question for you. What do Ferris Bueller , the Weasley twins , and Mulan have in common? Awesome hair. Parental disobedience. A penchant for breaking the rules. Well, we've got another rebel for you to add to the list:
We say it's about time you give it a shot. Shmoop hates making choices. Well, not when those choices involve ice cream although that can be super stressful, too. We're talking Big Deal choices, like where to go to college. And if there's one guy out there who knows just how tough decisions can be, it's Tim Meeker. This fellow has to make one of the toughest choices ever.
You see, Tim grows up during the American Revolutionary War , and he has to decide if he's going to be on Team English Nation and support the country he's a citizen of or Team American Colonies and fight for freedom from England. Oh, and this choice gets even tougher because Tim's dad supports England, and his brother Sam joins the army to fight for America.
Yep, this decision is quite the pickle.
Students may enjoy reading the afterword titled "How much of this book is true? I would use this book with students in upper elementary classes.
If the reading level of my class was not high enough to read this novel by themselves, I would read to them. I believe students should read or hear this book because it is high quality literature and enjoyable for readers.
What do press reviews say about My Brother Sam is Dead? Booklist stated, "The Revolution, its agonies, and its injustices are seen through the eyes of Tim, the politically ambivalent son of Tory parents and brother of a patriot soldier" Notable, This is an accurate statement about the book although not very descriptive.
Young readers get a glimpse into 18th-century America and begin to understand the realities of the Revolution. The authors -- one a well-known children's writer and the other a professor of American history -- include an afterword explaining how much of the book is true and telling readers where they can go to see the Meeker tavern, which still exists, as well as other sites in the book" Wyatt, Works Cited "Notable children's books of Booklist volume Wyatt, M.
A historical novel based on the Revolutionary War offers a realistic look at growing up during this tumultuous time in American history. One soldier denigrates a slave, a Native American is not allowed in a tavern because of his race.
A main character defies his father.
References to a beheading, a hanging, and shootings. A main character is shot at and catches fire. A teenage boy is taken prisoner and dies. Although he's innocent, a main character is condemned to die and is executed.
Parents need to know that well-written prose conveys the excitement of growing up. Violence includes the death of a teen and the execution of an innocent main character. Add your rating See all 6 parent reviews.
Add your rating See all kid reviews. Tim's life turns upside down when his older brother, Sam, defies their father and goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and then his father disappears. Amid the cyclone of war, Tim helps his mother run the family tavern.
Full of excitement and hard truths, this is a great historical novel about the Revolution. The realistic action that pervades this fact-based book mesmerizes kids, who enjoy this title often required for school.
At a distance, war looks glorious to year-old Tim, but as it intrudes on his own life, it forces him to grow up.
Tim witnesses the capture of his father, and patriots falsely accuse his brother of stealing his own family's cattle -- and Tim can do nothing to help them. By the time he is 14 years old, he knows, as his mother says, that "war turns men into animals.
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