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The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

Rodman Philbrick

“Homer P. Figg is a young man with a mission. His beloved older brother (and only living immediate family member) has been kidnapped and conscripted into the Union army, to serve in the place of the son of a corrupt politician. Homer aims to get him back, but is beset by troublesome encounters with unscrupulous nasties who want to use him for their own ends. Homer’s persona reminds me of a combination of Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn; he is clever, prone to exaggerating, and thinks on his feet, like Tom, but, like Huck, has an inner strength of character shaped in part by difficult family circumstances. A scene near the end of the story, when Homer finds himself on a Civil War battlefield, was particularly engrossing and well-written. Short chapters and lots of action make this book a great choice for restless readers.” —an enthusiastic reader like you

 

Page Count 224
Part of a Series? No
Age Level 10 — up
 

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