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Tween Tuesday is a weekly meme where I highlight great tween reads! Share your own Tween Tuesday post in the comments!

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars

Genre: Historical

Release Date: 1/13/2009

*This book is a 2010 Newberry Honor Book

About the Book: When Homer's older brother is illegally sold into the Union Army, Homer sets off on an adventure to get his brother back. His trip leads him to a traveling road show, a hot air balloon ride, the underground railroad, and the Battle of Gettysburg. Here are Homer's (mostly) true adventures!

GreenBeanTeenQueen Says: We all know those tweens (or even adults!) who exaggerate their stories. Homer's story is one those exaggerator's would love. This is one I listened to on CD and I thought it worked really well as an audiobook. The narrator was great!

Many times historical fiction can be bland and boring and it's not always a popular genre with tweens. The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg is a book I would give to reluctant history readers. Homer is a great narrator and his story is action packed and lots of fun.

I really liked how the author was sneaky in his way of including historical facts. Readers don't realize they are learning until they get to the back of the book and see the glossary and facts included.
It's a short book and it's pretty fast read. I don't know that it will be widely read or have wide appeal, but I think readers who enjoy historical or adventure books would have lots of fun reading this one.

Comments

  1. Good choice! This was a good read. I picked girl books again for my Tween Tuesday. Have a great day!!

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  2. This one is on my very long TBR list, but it does look like fun! Here's my Tween Tuesday review.

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  3. Great choice! I am on hold waiting for this book, can't wait to read it.

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  4. I listened to this one on CD while running errands.

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  5. That DOES look good! Been a while since I read a "tween" book, great review :-D
    -AMY

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  6. I'm soooo glad you reviewed this on! When I saw it was Newberry Honor I was interested in it, but hadn't had time to read it yet.

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  7. Homer sounds good. Thanks for the rec. Here's my Tween Tuesday pick.

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