Bulldog Library

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

on January 29, 2013

JF Philbrick    •    Reading Level: 5.6    •    Points: 7.0    •    Quiz #127487

homer p figgSeventeen year old Harold Figg and his twelve year old brother Homer have been orphans for 8 years in the care of the miserable and wicked Uncle Squint who repays the brother’s hard work with cruelty and starvation.  After catching Homer stealing a bit of bread from the pigs, Squint retaliates by selling Harold to the Union Army as a replacement soldier.

Now Homer must escape from the evil Squint and find a way to rescue Harold from the army before he is shipped south to the front lines.  His only tool on this amazing journey is his uncanny ability to tell a lie.  Will Homer’s lie save him when he is captured by a one-tooth slave hunter?  Will a patent-medicine charlatan really be able to help Homer find Harold?  If Homer can find him, will Harold even want to be rescued?

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg is a story full of adventure, humor, and heart.  Readers will be thrilled by the action of a boy on the run with a mission to save his older brother and will delight in the laugh-out-loud humor skillfully woven throughout this tale.  Additionally, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg offers readers the opportunity to learn about real historical events, such as the Battle of Gettysburg and the Underground Railroad, in an exciting and entertaining way that brings to life the all-to-real dangers people lived through during the American Civil War.  This is an excellent book and is recommended for anyone who enjoys a good adventure.

Genre: Historical Fiction  •  Interest Level: grades 4-8

2010 Newbery Honor Book

Philbrick, W. R. (2009).  The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.  New York : Blue Sky Press.

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