The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

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The 2010 Newbery Honor Book by highly acclaimed author Rodman Philbrick is now in paperback!

In this Newbery Honor-winning page-turner, twelve-year-old orphan Homer runs away from Pine Swamp, Maine, to find his older brother, Harold, who has been sold into the Union Army. With laugh-aloud humor, Homer outwits and outruns a colorful assortment of civil War-era thieves, scallywags, and spies as he makes his way south, following clues that finally lead him to Gettysburg. Even ...

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Overview


The 2010 Newbery Honor Book by highly acclaimed author Rodman Philbrick is now in paperback!

In this Newbery Honor-winning page-turner, twelve-year-old orphan Homer runs away from Pine Swamp, Maine, to find his older brother, Harold, who has been sold into the Union Army. With laugh-aloud humor, Homer outwits and outruns a colorful assortment of civil War-era thieves, scallywags, and spies as he makes his way south, following clues that finally lead him to Gettysburg. Even through a hail of gunfire, Homer never loses heart--but will he find his brother? Or will it be too late?
With engaging wit and comical repartee reminiscent of Mark Twain, master storyteller Rodman Philbrick introduces us to the unforgettable character of Homer in his latest groundbreaking novel.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

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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Gr 5-8

When his older brother gets conscripted into the Union Army, Homer runs away from his uncle, "the meanest man in the entire state of Maine." He sets out after Harold but has multiple misadventures along the way. He survives thanks to courage, luck, and his talent for telling lies when needed, since "old Truth ain't nearly as useful as a fib sometimes." Homer relates his own adventures in colorful language as he crosses paths with con men, rogues, and scoundrels of various types. The comic tone is reflected in character names, such as Stink and Smelt, the cold-blooded slave catchers, and the kind but shifty Professor Fleabottom. Things take a more somber tone when Homer sees the horrors of the battlefield up close. The final reunion of the brothers during the Battle of Gettysburg is bittersweet. Homer's escapades introduce some interesting features of the year 1863, including the Underground Railroad, a traveling medicine show, Civil War spies, and an early version of the hydrogen balloon. Homer runs into plenty of danger, but there's more comedy than suspense in most episodes. He also deals with some moral dilemmas as he tries to make sense of the wide world and find people and ideas to believe in. The engaging protagonist and mixture of humor and adventure make this a strong choice for fans of Sid Fleischman's tales.-Steven Engelfried, Multnomah County Library, OR

Kirkus Reviews
Shortly after this lively comic yarn opens, Homer, a half-starved orphan boy who lives in rural Maine with his mean-spirited uncle and 17-year-old brother Harold, helplessly watches as Harold is sworn into the Union Army. After finding out that their avaricious uncle sold his underage nephew to substitute for a richer neighbor in the Civil War, 12-year-old Homer takes off on a rescue mission. On the way, Homer is kidnapped by some nefarious slave-catchers, joins a traveling medicine show and holds up the Union colors during the Battle of Gettysburg. Bursting with vividly voiced characters and descriptions so crisp they practically crunch, the story is trenchantly narrated in the first person by Homer, a resourceful, sharp-witted child who is never without a lie in his pocket. Despite the overall comic tone, Philbrick makes serious points about the evil of slavery, the horrors of war, inexplicable bravery, ethical decision-making and the need to move forward in one's life. (Historical fiction. 9-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439668217
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 960
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 11.78 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author


Rodman Philbrick is the author of six award-winning novels for young readers. His first novel, Freak the Mighty, won the California Young Reader Medal. It was received with great acclaim and has sold more than a million copies. The sequel, Max the Mighty, received starred reviews, and his novel The Fire Pony was named a 1996 Capital Choice. His more recent books for the Blue Sky Press are REM World; The Last Book in the Universe, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and The Young Man and the Sea, which received a starred review from School Library Journal. He and his wife live in Maine and the Florida Keys.
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  • Posted August 29, 2010

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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 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-

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  • Posted February 7, 2014

      Homer, a twelve year old orphan, runs away from his

     











    Homer, a twelve year old orphan, runs away from his home in Pine Swamp, Maine, to search for his brother that has been sold into the Union Army. Along his exciting journey to find his older brother, he meets many characters including the evil Stink and Smelt, the kind and friendly Mr. Brewster, and many other characters that have traits that are very unique. He comes along many obstacles that keep him from finding Harold in the Union Army. He travels along a bizarre and perilous journey south that eventually leads him to Gettysburg. Homer hopes to find Harold alive and not injured, but will he reach him in time? Will Homer make it to Gettysburg without being caught and prisoned and will he even be able to find Harold?




    The theme of the book The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg is that persisting, overcoming challenges and obstacles, determination, and being brave will reward and give a positive outcome. Homer keeps on persisting and being brave to try and find Harold in the Union Army. As the author says, "By rights, I should toss aside the flag and drop to the ground and try to get under the flying lead, but something in me won't let go. Now that the flag is in my hands it don't seem right to let it fall on bloody ground." Homer never gives up in being brave and showing determination and in the end, his bravery and determination pays off.




    I thought that this book was one of my favorites of all time because it was full of suspense, realistic fiction, adventure, and heartwarming events that really made an impact. There were so many events that left me hanging and wanting to read on. There were characters in the story that had traits that were unique in every way. The author of the book was very descriptive, imaginable, and thoughtful when writing the book. My rating for the book The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg would be a five star rating. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2013

    Love it

    In language arts class we are reading it andvit is awesome toatally should get it

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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

    Too much whiz

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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    FINDING THE ELDER BROTHER!

    I LOVED THIS BOOK . IT REMINDED ME OF MY ELDER BROTHER.FOR MY OLDER BROTHER'S 60 TH BIRTHDAY, I WROTE THAT THE MOVIE "IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE" ALWAYS RESONANTED WITH ME. RECENTLY I FIGURED OUT IT WAS THE RELATIONSHIP OF JIMMY STEWART'S CHARACTER AND HIS YOUNGER BROTHER THAT MIRRORED OUR RELATIONSHIP. BEING FROM A SINGLE FEMALE PARENT HOME,MY BROTHER WAS MY SURROGATE FATHER FIGURE.HE WAS IN CHARGE OF MAKING SURE I HAD BREAKFAST, GOT TO SCHOOL ON TIME AND STAYED OUT OF TROUBLE.MY EARLIEST WISH WAS TO BE BUILT LIKE HIM.WHEN HE CAME BACK FROM THE MILITARY DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, I JUMP FROM MY BED AND HELD HIM CLOSE TO MY HEART WITH TEARS IN OUR EYES AND THE BIGGEST LIFE AFFIRMING SMILE ON OUR FACES. WHILE I HAVE TRAVEL HITHER AND YON, HE HAS STAYED AT THE SAME JOB IN THE SAME CITY MOST OF HIS ADULT LIFE. HE HAS BEEN A ROCK TO ME, OUR SIBLINGS, HIS WIFE + TWO BOYS AND NOW GRAND KIDS.SO WITH HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS GATHERED, I RAISE MY GLASS JUST LIKE THE END OF MOVIE AND SAY "TO MY BIG BROTHER, THE LUCKIEST GUY IN TOWN."

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    I loved this book!

    This book is a great read for all ages. It is full of action and adventure. Loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Storm's Foal Chapter 2

    The young foal didn't have a name that she knew of. Occasionally a traveler introduced a new word to her, so she only knew thirteen words: dirt, cloud, storm, tree, hello, sun, pony, mother, rainbow, Ponyville, food, water, and animal. <br>
    The foal realized she was a "rainbow pony" quickly. She also knew that the clouds were safe. She desperatly wanted to go there. <br>
    When it rained, she howled in misery until a nesting bird was forced to push the clouds away so the filly wouldn't be soak. <br>
    By the ti she was a year old, the filly was ready to go into the clouds. <br>
    "Rainbow cloud pony water," she announced to the first pegasus she saw. He looked confused. <br>
    "Where's your mother?" He asked. <br>
    "Food!" The foal answered proudly. The stallion made a forced smile and zoomed away.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2013

    Love it

    I love this book.somtimes i feel i can not find a book i would like to read over and over but this book i think i can read as many times even if i remember how it goes. I love it. I give this book ***** or a 5 star because of how good it is.

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great Read!!!

    I bought this book for my 11 year old Grandson,he usually likes the "Captain Underpants" type of books. I thought this one would be fun enough, while adding a little history.

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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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  • Posted September 8, 2011

    awesome

    best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Posted August 31, 2010

    Great book if you like adventure with a mix of comedy and history!

    The Moslty True Adventures of Homer P.Figg is about a 12 year old boy that is told to keep his mouth shut. Because his guardian squint has sold Harold, Homer's 17 year old big brother, to the army as a 20 year old man. Now Homer has left Pine Swamp,Maine in search for his oler brother before Harold reaches the war and it's too late. He has got himself in big trouble. As his adventures go on he meets new people, gets trapped on a slave cart, and captured by general Lee.
    After a long journey and fighting his own battle while looking for his bother, Homer ends up finding his brother. Homer gets yeld at by Harold to leave that it's too dangerous. Homer defies Harold's demand and follows his brother through the whole war. The story has a crippling ending (literally) that you will have to read the book yourself to find out what happends.
    I liked this book because it shows that we cant all save the world from it's troubles. Here Homer is out trying to save his brother Harold and comes to find out that Harold has adjusted in his ways and accepts his destiny of fighting in a war he doesnt belong in. Just like true life people are always trying to save another person not knowing what is behind all of their life story. It takes a loving and brave young brother to go thru the challenges that Homer went thru to find his brother.
    I would recommend this book if you like stories about adventure and history as I do. It's not a book for girls.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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