The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
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The 2010 Newbery Honor Book by highly acclaimed author Rodman Philbrick is now in paperback!

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.

About Rodman Philbrick

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Rodman Philbrick is the author of six award-winning novels for young readers. His first novel, Freak the Mighty, won the California Young Reader Medal. It was received with great acclaim and has sold more than a million copies. The sequel, Max the Mighty, received starred reviews, and his novel The Fire Pony was named a 1996 Capital Choice. His more recent books for the Blue Sky Press are REM World; The Last Book in the Universe, which was named an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and The Young Man and the Sea, which received a starred review from School Library Journal. He and his wife live in Maine and the Florida Keys.
Published November 1, 2012 by Scholastic Paperbacks. 240 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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Shortly after this lively comic yarn opens, Homer, a half-starved orphan boy who lives in rural Maine with his mean-spirited uncle and 17-year-old brother Harold, helplessly watches as Harold is sworn into the Union Army.

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Philbrick (Freak the Mighty ) offers rip-roaring adventure in this Civil War–era novel featuring a mistreated orphan who doesn't let truth stand in the way of spinning a good yarn.

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Common Sense Media

While much of this story is a humorous tall tale, it culminates with a lengthy and realistic portrait of the horrors of war -- in particular, the Battle of Gettysburg, including horrible injuries, amputations by saw, and many deaths.

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There is plenty of humor here, too, arising mainly from Homer’s own folksy narration --- it turns out that Homer can make his own adventures as rollicking and riotous as the tall tales he tells.THE MOSTLY TRUE ADVENTURES OF HOMER P.

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