“I say my ‘true’ adventures because I told a fib to a writer once, who went and put it in the newspapers about me and my big brother, Harold, winning the battle of Gettysburg, and how we shot each other dead but lived to tell the tale. That’s partly true, about winning the battle, but most ways it’s a lie. Telling the truth don’t come easy to me, but I will try, even if old Truth ain’t nearly as useful as a fib sometimes.” – Homer Pierce Figg (p.7)
A fresh fun “Huck Finn” like voice that will turn any kid into a fan of historical fiction. Master storyteller Rodman Philbrick takes readers on a colorful journey in The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg(Newberry Finalist 2010) as young Homer Figg sets off to follow his brother into the thick of the Civil War.
Through a series of fascinating events, Homer’s older brother has been illegally sold to the Union Army. It is up to Homer to find him and save him. Along the way, he encounters strange but real people of that era: two tricksters who steal his money, a snake-oil salesman, a hot-air balloonist, and finally, the Maine regiment who saved Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg and won the war for the Union
These historical people and places will educate and engage young readers about our nation’s past–in one of the most decisive moments of American history. In Homer’s inspiring fight to track down his brother, Philbrick brings us another groundbreaking novel.
Funny, poignant, entertaining, and tragic, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P.Figg (ages 9 -12) will be embraced and heralded by readers and parents alike. A magnificent novel by one of the best juvenile fiction writers of our time. (product description)