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My Brother Sam Is Dead

My Brother Sam Is Dead


by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

 Table of Contents

My Brother Sam Is Dead Characters

Meet the Cast

Timothy Meeker

You might not guess it from the title, but My Brother Sam Is Dead is all about Tim. He's not only our main character, but he's our narrator, too. That means that when we go on an adventure with Tim...

Sam Meeker

Sam is Tim's big bro and the oldest son in the Meeker family. And let's be honest: he causes his family a fair bit of grief. Most of the disagreements we see happening in the Meeker clan revolve ar...

Betsy Read

If you want to befriend a feisty colonial gal, look no further than Betsy Read. She's as feisty as they come. This girl can throw a good punch. Remember when she gets into a fist fight with Tim? Ye...

Eliphalet "Life" Meeker

Life (yep, that's his name!) is Tim and Sam's dad, and he's hitched to Susannah Meeker. This means that most of the time, we're thinking about him as "Father." And let's get real about Mr. M: he is...

General Putnam

General Putnam is the strictest soldier in My Brother Sam Is Dead. Seriously, he's such a hard-nosed general that once he makes up his mind, he sticks with it. No matter what. We get a glimpse of G...

Jeremiah "Jerry" Sanford

Here's what we know about little Jerry Sanford:He's Tim's friend, and he's few years younger than Tim. Also, he fishes.Yep. That's about it. All in all, seems like his life is a-okay. But things go...

Mr. William Heron

Mr. Heron is a rich dude who lives by the Meekers and is super involved in the war. But here's the funny part: it's never clear which side Mr. H is on. Sometimes he seems to be a Tory. When Tim fir...

Susannah Meeker

Tim and Sam's mom is always busy working in the shop or the tavern, cooking up some chili or serving up some rum. She's also always worrying about her kiddos, and especially Sam. We can't blame her...

Rebels and Tories

RebelsFor a Tory town, Redding sure does have a lot of Rebels. Remember, this means that these folks want the American colonies to be free. They're gung-ho about the war and ready to fight if need...
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