Friday, July 16, 2010

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick (NY: Blue Sky Press, 2009).

In this engaging historical novel set during American Civil War, Homer P. Figg follows his underage brother from their meager home in Pine Swamp, Maine, to the Battle of Gettysburg. Their mean uncle Squinton Leach has sold his Harold, illegally, into Union Army and Homer just can't bear to be without his brother. Their parents are both dead, and Harold has always taken care of Homer. Homer tries to be truthful, but fanciful tales have a way of popping into his head and out of his mouth. He shows both great humor and great courage as he faces con men, stern military officers, and even the horrors of war.

Newbery Honor Book. Great for ages 9-12.

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