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My Brother Sam Is Dead

My Brother Sam Is Dead


by James Lincoln Collier and Christopher Collier

Analysis: What's Up With the Title?

Talk about a spoiler.

Yep, Sam dies. The end.

That's kind of a huge plot point to spill before the book even begins, don't you think? So why let the cat out of the bag so early?

Well, as strange as it may seem, it kind of adds to the suspense. Sam doesn't die until the very last sentence of the very last chapter, which means we're on our the edge of our seats the whole time, wanting to know how it's going to go down. And of course, hoping that maybe—just maybe—the title was lying.

It sure does put us through the emotional ringer. Who knew five little words could say so much?

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