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My brother Sam is dead
Publication Information:
North Kingstown, RI : AudioGO ; Prince Frederick, MD : Distributed by Recorded Books, [2013], ℗1996.
Physical Description:
4 audio discs (4 hr., 30 min.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Title from container.

Compact disc.

Duration: 4:30:00.

Release date supplied by publisher.

Previously released, p1996.

In container (17 cm.).
Recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the Revolution, when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.
Reading Level:
9 to 12.
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The classic story of one family torn apart by the Revolutionary War All his life, Tim Meeker has looked up to his brother. Sam is smart and brave, and is now a part of the American Revolution. Not everyone in town wants to be a part of the rebellion. Most are supporters of the British, including Tim and Sam's father. With the war soon raging, Tim knows he will have to make a choice between the Revolutionaries and the Redcoats, and between his brother and his father.

Author Notes

James Lincoln Collier was born in 1928. He graduated from Hamilton College in 1950 and served in the infantry during the Korean War. After college, Collier worked first for six years as a magazine editor, writing in his spare time. In 1958, he quit to work free-lance, and has since then published over six hundred magazine articles for periodicals such as, Playboy, Esquire, the New York Times Magazine and the Village Voice. Collier has also published a half dozen books for adults, the most recent being The Making of Jazz, which was nominated for an American Book Award, was named to the London Observer's Books of the Year List for 1979, and has been published in English, French, German, and Russian editions.

Collier also published twenty-three children's books, five in collaboration with his brother, Christopher Collier. These have been published in seven languages, and have won the Child Study Association Book Award, a Newbery Honor Medal, a Jane Addams Peace Prize, and a National Book Award nomination. Many of them have appeared on the ALA Notable Book List, and others on the New York Public Library's recommended book list. Collier is also a professional trombonist, and writes fiction and nonfiction on the subject of music. His book, Rock Star, won an award from the Child Study Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College. My Brother Sam Is Dead was a Newbery Honor Book in 1975 and was designated a Notable Book by the American Library Association as well as being nominated for a National Book Award in 1975. Jump Ship to Freedom was named a Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies in 1981 by a joint committee of the National Council for the Social Studies and the Children's Book Council. War Comes to Willy Freeman is a companion book to the novel.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Kirkus Review

In many ways Tim Meeker follows the traditional pattern of a young boy caught up in a great historic upheaval. Tim is an unexceptional observer with whom we can readily identify and his placid hometown, Redding, Connecticut -- drawn accidentally into the whirlwind of the American Revolution -- is the sort of authentic locale that makes us feel immediately comfortable in the genre. What differs here is Tim's experience of war as an irrational, destructive force in which he can find neither a meaningful allegiance nor a standard of justice, however partisan. Unable to share the convictions of his patriot soldier brother, Sam, or his nominally pro-Tory parents, Tim finds that his loyalty to his family leads him into contradictory, even dangerous, confrontations -- over Sam's theft of his father's gun, a messenger job that turns out to be a Tory spying assignment, and protecting his family's small herd of cattle from hungry armies on both sides. Tim first sees his father captured for trying to sell beef to Loyalist New Yorkers (only to learn later that he has died, inexplicably, aboard a British prison ship); then, in a climactic scene of confusion Sam is mistakenly accused of cattle stealing and executed by the Continental Army he has ardently supported. Sam's death, so capricious and irrational, upsets all expectations while underlining the prophecy of Tim's father -- ""In war the dead pay the debts of the living."" The Colliers mean to confound, and they do so even when the machinery of irony becomes creaky in the end. The uncharacteristically philosophical perspective has impact even though not everyone will be able to accept the form of its dramatic resolution. Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.

Booklist Review

Gr. 6-9. A powerful narrative recounts the tragedy that strikes the Meeker family during the American Revolution when one son joins the rebel forces while the rest of the family tries to stay neutral in a Tory town.