The Revolutionary War was a conflict that changed the world forever, giving way to the birth of the USA, the economic champion and juggernaut of the world. But in order to achieve their independence, the citizens of the British colonies had to live through long, hard times, as depicted through Tim's life in the book My Brother Sam Is Dead by Christopher Collier & James Lincoln Collier. Tim Meeker lives in a Tory family, but his brother revolts, drops out of Yale, and chooses to fight against the British, or the ‘Lobsterbacks.' Tim doesn't know whether to follow his father and remain a Tory, or listen to his brother's word and support the Patriots' cause. Tim is very poor, in deep debt ever since the value of the British pound has decreased drastically. He is in much more danger, as Patriots often travel through the town and threaten all Tories. Tim must work extra hard in the family tavern during the hard times and is losing much schooling.
This book is very depressing after his father and his big brother dies and is not suiteed for younger children at all!