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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (7,217 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lincoln Collier, Christopher Collier Narrator: John C. Brown Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2011 ISBN: 9781483018928
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This stirring and authoritative novel earns a place beside our best historical fiction…A memorable piece of writing.”

    Horn Book

  • “This compelling book’s refusal to romanticize the Revolutionary War makes a powerful statement about the failings of both sides, and by extension, the failings of all wars.”

    Children’s Literature

  • A Newbery Honor Book
  • An ALA Notable Book
  • Finalist for the 1975 National Book Award for Children's Books

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Katie H. 8 Rdg | 2/18/2014

    " I give this book 2 stars because it was an okay book. It deffinately wasn't the best book I have ever read. I would recommend this book to people who like to read about the revolutionary war. The authors of this book did a good job of painting a picture in my mind and teaching me about what times were like in the late 1770s. I learned that times were much harder during the 1770s and that we should be happy with what we have. I relate to Tim the most because he is my age and is a hard worker. He aslo has one brother, just like me!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Katie McGaha | 2/13/2014

    " I have to admit that I also read this book when I was in middle school and my feelings about it are still the same. I was always a sucker for historical fiction, especially about the revolutionary war. I think this book gives great insight to what life was like back then as well as easy for children today to relate to. Many kids deal with siblings away in service and the hardship of losing a parent or sibling. This book as real sobering issues that actually happened in this time period. I always knew Sam was going to die, I mean it was in the title, but I never thought it would be from being framed! That was a twist from the average war death. I liked the character Tim because even though he's not as high-strung and gung-ho as his brother Sam, he is still mature and responsible and really considers the issues. He struggles with his father and brother's differences in the war and is like many average kids trying to grow up in a tough situation. The book is action packed and suspenseful which is everything a kid could ask for. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 stephanie | 2/3/2014

    " I actually got this school in some kind of a book trade at school. I could barely read past the first five pages, the book is essentially about the main character's brother, who died in the American Revolution. There was at least 3 mentions of God in every page, the book literately started with the title, the parents crying, and the main character, Tim, mourning in the room he used to share with his older brother, Sam. He has flashbacks about him, remembering how Sam had defied their parents and joined the American's side in the war raging, he planned to steal their father's gun because it was required to bring a weapon. The book ends with Sam's execution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tanya | 2/3/2014

    " A perspective of the Revolutionary War that we often don't see. Was not the ending I saw coming, but it was good. Would be great for an 8th grade Reading class to use in conjunction with study of American Revolution. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margaux | 1/25/2014

    " this book is perfect for students learning a bout the Revilution. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlene | 1/19/2014

    " I read this only because my son is reading it for school. Thought I would not enjoy it but soon became wrapped up in the lives of the families/soldiers finding their way through life at the onset of the Revolutionary War. This book provides an understanding of the social, political, and familiar dynamics at play when deciding when to go to war. You come to understand what family, loyalty, & liberty might have meant to some of the people on both sides. it was interesting to see how connections in society (especially family connections) could serve in slowing progress toward liberty. It has some cursing (which made it all that more appealing to my 7th grader:). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sal | 1/18/2014

    " I remember reading this book as a child in middle school and really enjoying it. It's a bit too long passed to remember plot specifics. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hugo Burciaga | 1/16/2014

    " My brother Sam is dead by James Lincoln Collier is an interesting book set in the time of the U.S. revolutionary war. This book has many spelling errors but really shows how times were back then and how difficult t hey were sometimes.I also enjoyed reading this book because it shows how family is more important than your beliefs because Sam is a Patriot and his father is a Loyalist. This book is a good example of historical fiction. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elyssa | 1/13/2014

    " I read this book about four or five years ago, and I still shed a tear thinking about it. This was the book that introduced me to historical fiction novels, and I could never look back upon it as being a bad (forced) reading assignment. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Petey | 11/17/2013

    " I thought i was ok only because i would read it when i was bored. i wasnt attached to this book. I could put it done easily. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jt | 11/14/2013

    " It was a very good book, I recommend it to every one! It was great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kayla Gluntz | 10/9/2013

    " I usually don't like to read about war, but this was actually really good. It really taught me what it was like back then and I'm very grateful for what we have know. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Manuel | 6/28/2013

    " i thought that the story my brother sam is dead was a historical book because of the american war against the british. like if you agree "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 4/23/2013

    " I love this riviting tale. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael Fuchs | 1/27/2013

    " One of the first novels I read. This story is gripping and sucks you in as you continue to read it. Recommended for any revolutionary war history fans. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Candi | 9/26/2012

    " Bleak and relentless. Favorite scene- trudging through the snow covered farmlands all alone with "cowboys" waiting in ambush. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgan | 8/4/2012

    " Wasn't the best, but not the worst either... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becca | 3/19/2012

    " This book makes much more sense now than it did in junior high. Glad I re-read it as an adult. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jalair | 9/24/2011

    " I enjoyed this book and it was a fast read. It did introduce me to another part of the Revolutionary War that I had not thought of. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sarah | 5/22/2011

    " Perspective-taking. (Patriots vs. Loyalists)
    American Revolution.
    Journal writing.
    Mild swearing.

    Fountas and Pinell: Y
    DRA: 60 "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sara | 5/11/2011

    " This I think was the worst book ever. I might have been better had we not read it on type, but still, things didn't look promising. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michaela | 5/10/2011

    " Terrible! There is no point to this book! [spoilers removed] I guess the only good thing is it shows how gruesome and sad the Revolutionary War was, but its not worth taking the time to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cedar | 5/1/2011

    " This was the most interesting American Revolution book I have ever read.
    You just assume that the colonist were the good ones and the British the bad. But this book shows that both sides were dealing with war and both sides did bad things. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Madi | 4/28/2011

    " It was okay btu at times graphic and sad but IT WAS A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Chelly | 4/22/2011

    " I had to read this book for school, and I found it boring and lacking thrill. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophia | 4/19/2011

    " This book was awesome! It's about a boy named Tim who's brother is a Patriot and father's a Loyalist. This book inspired my Walking Tour script. I read this book for school. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Misty | 4/18/2011

    " Good book for illustrating the crazy issues war brings up. A little too graphic for very young readers. TI'd suggest high school age. A lot of swearing and reference to drinking and carousing with women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cindy | 4/16/2011

    " This book gave me a different view of the Revolutionary War; life among the people who were trying to continue their normal lives amidst the conflict. I liked that the story was told by a 12 year old boy. Tim's thoughts and feelings were poignant and real. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 4/15/2011

    " Read this with a 5th grader I tutor, it was an enjoyable book even for myself! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 4/12/2011

    " This book is really good and the ending was the best part of the book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janeen | 4/8/2011

    " I found it quite boring... but okay. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dabney | 4/7/2011

    " Interesting teacher read aloud to go along with American Revolution unit in 4th grade. "

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About the Author
Author James Lincoln Collier

James Lincoln Collier has written many books for children, including Give Dad My Best and Planet out of the Past. He has also contributed more than five hundred articles to the New York Times Magazine, Reader’s Digest, and Boy’s Life. His honors include the Kidger Prize for Teaching, the Jane Addams Peace Prize, and the Newbery Honor.

About the Narrator

John C. Brown is a narrator of children’s and young adult books. Some of his credits include My Brother Sam Is Dead, Lives of the Presidents, and Lives of Musicians.