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My Brother Sam Is Dead

By Monica Wyatt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Great novel about the American Revolution for older kids.

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age 13+

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age 18+


my child said he says he speaks worse and i hate this book
age 18+

My son didn’t really like this book

My son didn’t really like this book

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The realistic action that pervades this fact-based book mesmerizes kids, who enjoy this title often required for school. 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.

At a distance, war looks glorious to 10-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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