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The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg
by W. R. Philbrick


Overview - 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.
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Overview
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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  • ISBN-13: 9780439668187
  • ISBN-10: 0439668182
  • Publisher: Blue Sky Press (AZ)
  • Publish Date: January 2009
  • Page Count: 224
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 8.55 x 6.13 x 0.82 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Historical - United States - Civil War Period (1850-1877)
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Siblings
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - Orphans & Foster Homes

 
Publishers Weekly Reviews

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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page 58.
  • Review Date: 2008-11-24
  • Reviewer: Staff

Philbrick (Freak the Mighty) offers rip-roaring adventure in this Civil War–era novel featuring a mistreated orphan who doesn't let truth stand in the way of spinning a good yarn. When his guardian, Uncle Squinton—“the meanest man in the entire state of Maine”—sells off Homer P. Figg's older brother, Harold, to take a rich man's son's place in the Union army, Homer can't just stand around doing nothing. Determined to alert the authorities (and his brother) that Harold is too young to be a soldier, the plucky narrator traces the path of the regiment. He faces many dangers, including “an abduction or two, and being robbed and thrown in with the pigs, and joining the Caravan of Miracles” before landing smack in the middle of the Battle of Gettysburg, where he reunites with his brother and more or less drives the Confederates away. The book wouldn't be nearly as much fun without Homer's tall tales, but there are serious moments, too, and the horror of war and injustice of slavery ring clearly above the din of playful exaggerations. Ages 9–12. (Jan.)

 
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