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

My Brother Sam Is Dead Themes

Little Words, Big Ideas

Violence and Warfare

My Brother Sam Is Dead makes one thing crystal clear: war stinks. Big time. In the novel, the Revolutionary War leads to a whole bunch of deaths, many of which are seriously gruesome. We're talking...

Family

When it comes to family drama, the Meekers are the masters. Looking for a family with screaming political fights at the dinner table? Sam and Mr. M are here to deliver. Or perhaps you're in the moo...

Courage

You know when you have to give a presentation in class or you have a band concert and you freak out a little before? Sometimes, day to day stuff can take a lot of courage. Now imagine how much true...

Lies and Deceit

In My Brother Sam Is Dead, sometimes deceit just comes in the form of little white lies. Remember how Tim tells his dad he's helping Jerry when he's actually visiting Sam? That time, no one gets hu...

Patriotism

Patriotism just means loving your country. Seems simple enough, right? Well, in My Brother Sam Is Dead, it couldn't be more complicated. See, Sam loves America, and he wants to fight for his countr...

Coming of Age

Wouldn't it be nice if Sam and Tim got to grow up in a pretty green pasture with butterflies and unicorns? Yeah, that's not happening for our Meeker brothers. Instead, they get to grow up during th...

Duty

Duties come in all shapes and sizes in My Brother Sam Is Dead. For Tim, sometimes his duties mean obeying his parents or doing his chores. No big deal, right? But sometimes it's about making tough...

Visions of America

What's the first thing you think of when it comes to Colonial America? Perhaps it's funny little bonnets. Or maybe churning butter. Well, we don't get many bonnets or much butter in My Brother Sam...

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