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The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg is a thrilling story about a 12 year old boy who is on a mission to save his 17 year old brother named Harold, after he is illegally sworn into the army under aged. Their mean guardian Squint knows Harold is 17, but Squint lie...
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg is a thrilling story about a 12 year old boy who is on a mission to save his 17 year old brother named Harold, after he is illegally sworn into the army under aged. Their mean guardian Squint knows Harold is 17, but Squint lies saying Harold is 20 so he can be sold into the army for "3 years or death whichever comes first." Homer goes through a series of events while trying to save his brother which includes being robbed and kidnapped by slave catchers, rescuing an Underground Railroad conductor, and being captured by General Lee during the civil war. With these events and more Homer has to hurry to rescue Harold before he is sent to war under aged and possibly killed.
I highly recommend this book. I liked the way the author, Rodman Philbrick, wrote this story. You could literally feel the tension between the characters. There are other books by Rodman Philbrick that I would like to read. Books like 'Freak the Mighty' which is a story about a very smart cripple kid who meets a learning disabled strong guy who works together to do amazing things. Also, 'The Last Book in the Universe' which is a story about a boy named Spaz in a world about 200 years in the future after a huge earthquake destroys most of the world. Spaz has noticed that his sister has been missing so he runs away from home and finds her very ill on the street; he sets out to find a cure for her and takes a journal with him to write about his adventures and creates the last book ever written. He keeps the tensions live and the story very vivid. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg received the Newberry honor award, and I agree. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg was one of the best books I ever read.
By Brandon Jaikaran Lincoln Middle School Grade 7-

posted by Lovetoeat on August 29, 2010

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Too much whiz

The book's language too complicated for my 9 year old.

posted by Anonymous on December 6, 2011

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  • Posted February 17, 2012

    Recommended

    Our Esprit sixth grade class really liked this book. We thought this book was very interesting in many different ways. It was fun and entertaining and also educating. It teaches you about the Civil War, slaves, and Civil Rights. It makes you think about what you have and others don't.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    ??? I did not purchase this book.

    Why are you asking me about this book since I did not buy it from you, and I don't own it and have never read it?I put a rating because it is a required field, but my rating is meaningless.

    0 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 12, 2011

    Adventure and Excitement on every page!

    This book would be a great read for kids fourth grade and up. I say this because of the serious nature of some of the content. Slavery and the Civil War is discussed, and children need to be aware of the significance of these areas in order to help the book flow. I really enjoyed the book and the humor used throughout. Twelve year old Homer and his brother are orphaned and sent to live with a horrible guardian. Harold, who is only 17, gets sold into the Civil War. Throughout the book, Homer tells of his adventures of going out in search of his brother to bring him home safe. There is a sense of hope at the end of the tunnel through the humor, even when Homer is down and out by things that happen to him. I would definitely recommend this book to parents and teachers, and think that they would benefit from reading it.

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