I liked this book a lot. It is written very well and you can feel like you are there in the era. The characters are carried well too (in my opinion) and this book gives you a good look at and an idea of life during the American Revolution. The only problem (and reason why I don't love the book) is stated in the title. I was really hurt when Sam died, but thats a personal thing...
Saw this at a thrift store for 10 cents and it seemed like it might be a good read. It was. The story is told primarily from the point of view of Tim Meeker a 13 year old living in Connecticut during the Revolutionary war. Its an easy read and the narrative consistently gives one a view of what it might have been like to live through those times.
However, the best point of this book is how it de-mythologizes the Revolutionary War. It was after all, a war and wars are brutal nasty things. Instead of the glamorizing of war that we see in Johnny Tremain, this YA novel reminded me a lot of the old Jimmy Stewart movie Shanendoah. Both have serious anti-war messages.
That said... this novel won a Newbery medal and I was a bit disappointed overall. That medal connotes stories that generally rise above the levels that this one achieved.
All his life,Tim Meeker has lokked up to his brother Sam. Sam's smart adn brave,adn alwasy knows the right thing to do. In fact, everyone in town had admired Sam Meeker. Until now.
Now Sam is part of the new American Revoulution ary Army He talkes about defeating the British and vecoming independent and free. But not everyone in town wants to be a part of the new America. Most people are loyal suppoerters fo the English king- especially Tim adn Same' father. The war is raging, adn Tim knows he'll have to make a choice. But how can he choose- when it means fighting his father on one side, and fighting his brother on the other?
This book is good but.....it does have some sad parts in it....
An excellent historical novel about a family during the American Revolution.
a great historical fiction for a preteen
A NEWBERRY HONOR BOOK! AN ALA NOTABLE CHILDRENS BOOK! A NATIONAL BOOK AWARD NOMINEE! This is an excellent book!
The Revolution was tearing Tim's family apart... All his life, Tim Meeker has looked up to his brother Sam. Sam's smart and brave and always knows the right thing to do. In fact, everyone in town had admired Sam Meeker. Until now.
Now Sam is part of the new American Revolutionary Army. He talks about defeating the British and becoming independent and free. But not everyone in town wants to be a part of this new America. Most people are loyal supporters of the English King - especially Tim and Sam's father.
The war is raging, and Tim knows he'll have to make a choice. But how can he choose - when it means fighting his father on one side, and fighting his brother on the other?
"THIS STIRRING AND AUTHORITATIVE NOVEL EARNS A PLACE BESIDE OUR BEST HISTORICAL FICTION...A MEMORABLE PIECE OF WRITING." Horn Book
Novel of American Revolution. A Notable Children's Book.
A great, very popular read, about a boy and his brother during the American Revolution.
The Civil War is raging and Tim knows he'll have to choose a side. But how can he choose when it means fighting his father on one side and fighting his brother on the other? A NEWBERRY HONOR BOOK
Tim's brother Sam joined the Revolutionary War. Tim must choose what side he is going to be on during the War. Historical Fiction. middle/early high school
A great historical fiction book! An ultimate classic!
This book is in descent shape. I did however, lay a very light blue,green marker to close to it and the back cover has a line of it going down the edge of it, and the last few pages has just a touch on them. Other than that, the book is in pretty good shape, still worth reading.