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Collier, James Lincoln

New York : Four Winds Press, 1985.
IL 5-8 RL 5.8 .
ISBN 059042792X

(2 booktalks)

Booktalk #1

Sixteen year old Yale student in 1775 defies his Tory sympathizing father, an innkeeper at Redding, Connecticut. He joins the Continental Army. Tim is left to help at the tavern. We see Tim working out the confusion. Can both his father and his brother Sam be right? There were hardships and bitterness and conflicting beliefs in the lives of ordinary people during the American Revolution.

Booktalk #2

Tim Meeker's older brother, Sam, comes home from college to announce he has joined the Patriots to fight the British.  Their father is loyal to the king, along with most of the community. Sam leaves then for the war, even though his father is against it.  Tim continues his work, through the years of war, at the family's tavern but struggles with deciding what people are on what side and which side is right.  Tim's hardest struggles come when war affects his life, and he sees both sides take the life of many.  (Kristy Hatter,

SUBJECTS:      United States -- History -- Revolution, 1775-1783 -- Fiction
                        Historical fiction


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