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January 21, 2008

My Brother Sam is Dead

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My Brother Sam is Dead

Authors: James Lincoln Collier & Christopher Collier

Page Length: 211

Reading Level:  6

Genre: Historical Fiction

 

REVIEW: I found this book to be an interesting look at what Revolutionary War in America and in Connecticut in particular might have been like. It was interesting to read about everyday life under such circumstances. The title leads the reader to keep turning the pages to discover whether or not Tim’s brother, Sam, will die and how. This was an intriguing look at innocence, coming of age, the harsh realities of war, and understanding that indeed there are two sides to every story. I would recommend this novel to a student particularly interested in historical events. The book’s main characters are young men; although, minor female roles are interlaced throughout the book. Hence, the book would likely appeal more to male students. The novel is sufficiently laced with suspense, intrigue, hints of espionage, and may even evoke outrage and disgust in the reader. This Newberry Honor book would serve as an excellent starting point for further research, discussions, and debates.

 

RELATED WEBSITES:

 

http://www.sdcoe.k12.ca.us/score/sam/samtg.html

 

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/therevolutionarywar/

 

http://www.webenglishteacher.com/collier.html

 

http://www.historyofredding.com/HRmbsd.htm

 

REVIEWED BY: Dayna Taylor

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