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The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
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Jun 29, 10

bookshelves: children-s, civil-war, family, adventure, historical
Read in June, 2010

This is Rodman Philbrick's latest book, and it is the story of Homer Figg whose parents are dead and whose brother has been sold into the Union army by his evil Uncle Squint. This book has a very lighthearted tone and has a fantastic adventure feeling. Homer runs away from his uncle's farm in Pine Swamp, Maine, to search for his older brother. Along the way, he meets many crazy characters and has outlandish adventures. He finally finds his brother, but Harold is not the perfect hero Homer always imagined him to be. Regardless of their character flaws, the Figg boys joing the battle of Gettysburg and help the Union win. This book is funny and outlandish, but the battle section is intense and as realistic as possible in a book for children (grades 5-7). This book uses some sophisticated language, but the chapters are short, and Homer's adventures can be easily chunked. This is a great book for establishing setting during the Civil War era and the Battle of Gettysburg. Additionally, despite his many setbacks, Homer maintains a positive attitude and perseveres in his goals

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