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My Brother Sam is Dead

Author: James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier
Reviewer's Age: Grade 10

My Brother Sam is Dead educates and entertains at the same time. This book is set against the backdrop of the American Revolution. It gives facts about what everyday life was like in the colonies. Although the story takes place in the 1770's the conflicts still apply to life today. The main character's family is torn. His father is a loyalist, while his brother is a soldier in the Continental Army. This is like life today when part of your family wants you to do something, while the other half wants you to do something else. For instance one parent might want you to be a lawyer, while the other might want you to be a doctor. He also has to live the life of a child of a single parent (his father is captured and dies). This is a must read for everyone.