My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Tim’s brother, Sam, leaves Yale and his Tory village behind to join the Rebel army at the beginning of the Revolutionary War. His father refuses to take sides and pays for that choice. Eventually, Sam is made an example of when two other soldiers lie about him.

My Brother Sam is Dead is a rather depressing book. It does well examining Tim’s own feelings on whether he’s a Tory or a Patriot and how events in his life push him one way or the other. Sam’s death is obvious from the start, but the reason is pretty ridiculous. I just didn’t enjoy the book much at all. I don’t really recommend reading it.

3 (out of 5) Stars

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