The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

// April 11th, 2012 // Book Reviews

Title: The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

Author: Rodman Philbrick


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.

My Review:

In school, there is a room called the Literacy Center. You can take out books, kind of like a library. For one reading class we went there and I took a historical fiction/adventure book about a boy being sold into the army and his brother trying to get him back. The book was called The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg.

This book was a great one. The writing style was enjoyable. It was very descriptive and the author laid out emotions really well.  Also, the author made you feel like you were sucked into the book. You felt what the characters felt. One second Homer was snorting like a pig, the next second I was too. One second he was catching a Union flag, the next second I was catching the falling book. My favorite character was Homer, the main character because he was super brave helping the Union soldiers when he wasn’t asked to do that.

I recommend this book for adventure lovers, but it is a little sad so I suggest kids ages 7 and up could read this. I rate this book 10 out of 10 stars.

One Response to “The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg”

  1. Mrs.Fromowitz says:

    Harrison, I thought your review was dead on. The author took a difficult event in our history (the Civil War) and through the eyes of a twelve year old was able to convey to the reader the intensity of the time while mixing in a bit of humor and giving us an engaging character to befriend. I can hardly wait for your next review.

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