Winner of the Newbery Honor! The Revolutionary War comes alive in this contemporary classic for young adults. The War had no clear-cut loyalties--it divided families, friends and towns. Young Tim Meeker's 16-year-old brother goes off to fight with the Patriots while his father remains a reluctant British Loyalist in the Tory town of Redding, CT. Tim’s always looked up to his brother, who’s smart and brave. With the war soon raging, Tim knows he'll have to make a choice -- between the Revolutionaries and the Redcoats . . . and between his brother and his father. Over the course of the war Tim learns that life teaches some bitter lessons and does not guarantee clear answers. My Brother Sam Is Dead is a stirring, probing tale full of action and suspense, putting listeners right into the heart of the Revolutionary War.
It’s was a really good book, and I recommend it definitely. There’s a lot of really good information and it teaches a lot. There’s a sense of irony in it because of what happens throughout the book. I’m only giving the book four stars because even though the writing was good and detailed, it lacked emotion. The emotional impact wasn’t there for me personally.
Pretty Good, surprisingly!
I had to read this book for school summer reading, and I was not to excited about it. I’m not into history and nonfiction and those types of genres, so when I saw the cover of the book, I was not to pumped. (Don’t judge a book by its cover ;)) I started reading it and it was actually pretty interesting. I feel like all the action and everything made you forget the whole book was based on War. Don’t listen to all the people who say this book is sooooo sad….it is sad, many people die, but that’s just life. Personally, I like sad stories. If books were all happy, it would be pretty unrealistic. Plus, if you’ve decided to read a book about war, you can expect death. One thing I was pretty annoyed by, though, is the title. “My Brother Sam is Dead” states the obvious….his brother Sam is going to die. The whole book is about how Sam fights etc, and they don’t talk about his death until like the last page, which creates so much tension. I also think that could be a good thing because it makes you excited for the end and you WANT to read. Overall, I think this book was very well written and definetely reccomend it! On a scale from 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I give it a 9.5!
Interesting (in a good way and a bad way)
I’m only giving it a 2 out of 5 because it is a bit old-timey and at times kinda… weird. I read it in 5th grade in a small book club and one of the kids kept skipping chapters because he didn’t like it. I think it could be better but I thought deserved 2 stars but some other people don’t like it and honestly it kinda deserves that. If I’m being polite I’d say they were from a long long long long LONG time ago, but on the NEGATIVE side it kills a lot of people and is BORING so I don’t recommend buying it unless it’s for school or you like history and old books