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The Mostly True Adventures Of Homer P. Figg

by Rodman Philbrick

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Homer and his brother live with their horrible uncle in his barn where he barely feeds them, until their uncle sells Harold into the Union Army in place of someone else. Homer overhears the plan to illegally get rid of Harold after he is marched off and goes an an adventure to get Harold out of the army. Along the way he encounters the Underground Railroad, a Medicine Show, is captured by the Rebel Army and participates in Gettysburg.
  Williewarren | Apr 15, 2016 |
I would have given this book the Newbery over the one that actually won. It was a great read, would definitely appeal to kids, made me laugh, and painted a vivid picture of a boy's experience of the Civil War. Homer is an abused orphan who never spends a moment feeling sorry for himself. He is clever, spunky, and courageous. His adventures while on the road to find his older brother make for great storytelling. Great read for boys and girls in Gr. 5-8. ( )
  fromthecomfychair | Feb 11, 2016 |
Narrated by William Dufris. When Homer P. Figg's mean uncle Squinton sells Homer's older brother Howard into service for the Civil War, Homer sets out from their home in Maine to save him. Along the way he meets an interesting array of people, including a Quaker gentleman whose home is a stop on the Underground Railroad, several scam artists and thieves, and Professor Fleabottom, the head of a traveling medicine show and also a Confederate spy. Homer also witnesses the degradation of slavery and the horrors of war combat. William Dufris voices Homer as earnest and dogged, a particularly effective tone especially when Homer stre-e-e-tches the truth from time to time. An adventurous journey with plenty to experience. Lib notes: Description of battle scenes and wounds. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
Homer and his brother live with their horrible uncle in his barn where he barely feeds them, until their uncle sells Harold into the Union Army in place of someone else. Homer overhears the plan to illegally get rid of Harold after he is marched off and goes an an adventure to get Harold out of the army. Along the way he encounters the Underground Railroad, a Medicine Show, is captured by the Rebel Army and participates in Gettysburg.

Homer is a pretty funny kid who pushes the bounds of the reliable narrator. He lies his butt off pretty much constantly and I found myself wondering how many exaggerations were left in his tale. There was clearly a lot of research done into the Civil War Draft policy, medicine shows etc. The historical notes at the end were very interesting and extended beyond the the scope of the book which I thought was neat. I wish there were more Homer P. Figg adventures b/c he seems like a character you could really get a lot of mileage out of. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Homer and his brother live with their horrible uncle in his barn where he barely feeds them, until their uncle sells Harold into the Union Army in place of someone else. Homer overhears the plan to illegally get rid of Harold after he is marched off and goes an an adventure to get Harold out of the army. Along the way he encounters the Underground Railroad, a Medicine Show, is captured by the Rebel Army and participates in Gettysburg.

Homer is a pretty funny kid who pushes the bounds of the reliable narrator. He lies his butt off pretty much constantly and I found myself wondering how many exaggerations were left in his tale. There was clearly a lot of research done into the Civil War Draft policy, medicine shows etc. The historical notes at the end were very interesting and extended beyond the the scope of the book which I thought was neat. I wish there were more Homer P. Figg adventures b/c he seems like a character you could really get a lot of mileage out of. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
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To everyone who ever lied and found their way back to the truth, KEEP READING.
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My name is Homer P. Figg, and these are my true adventures.
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A dramatic, witty Civil War tale from bestselling author Rodman Philbrick

Master storyteller Rodman Philbrick takes readers on a colorful journey as young Homer Figg sets off to follow his brother into the thick of the Civil War. Through a series of fascinating events, Homer's older brother has been illegally sold to the Union Army. It is up to Homer to find him and save him. Along the way, he encounters strange but real people of that era: two tricksters who steal his money, a snake-oil salesman, a hot-air balloonist, and finally, the Maine regiment who saved Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg and won the war for the Union. (copy continues)

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Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.

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