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The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
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.