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The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
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May 15, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: civil-war, historical-fiction, orphans, humor, middle-school
Read in May, 2011

Homer and his brother Harold are orphans, left in the care of their wicked uncle Squint who sells Harold (aged seventeen) for a replacement in the Civil War. The year is 1863, and the Emancipation has just been enacted. Homer strikes off to find Harold and runs into some more villains with great names like Stink and Smelt who want him to spy on the Quaker man whose home is a stop on the Underground Railroad. Homer has an amazing ability to tell tall tales which makes him valuable to a Medicine Show which hires him to act the part of the "pig boy." In this book, you learn about the Civil War and its bloody battle at Gettysburg as Homer makes his way south from the northern tip of Maine to Pennsylvania where he is told his brother is bound.

The book has humor, pathos, and a fair share of realistic description of what the bloodiest battle of the Civil War might have been like.

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