by Rodman Philbrick
The Blue Sky Press, $16.99
Recommended for: tweens who prefer humor to historical fiction
Review Copy Provided by: my local library
Homer P. Figg was never much good about telling the truth, but after his wretched Uncle Squinton sells his brother into the Union army and imprisons Homer, he escapes and sets out to find the only real family he has left. Along the way, Homer's tendency to stretch the truth gets him into (and out of) trouble as he follows the soldiers and finds himself living in the lap of luxury, aiding the Underground Railroad, working in a traveling sideshow and in the middle of the Battle of Gettysburg. Historical fiction isn't known for filled with as many laughs as gasps, but with Homer is always an adventure.
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg is a 2010 Newbery Honor Book.
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