Saturday, September 25, 2010

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

By: Rodman Philbrick

Homer is really good at one thing - lying.  And, when Homer's brother is illegally drafted into the Union army during the Civil War, Homer takes off to rescue him.  Along the way, Homer's lying gets him into all sorts of trouble and even helps him out a few times.  Homer also meets many interesting people - some who have bad intentions and some who are there to help him find his brother.

Mrs. Senechal says:
Homer is a very likable character.  He comes from a tough, poor background but still does everything he can to try to get his brother back.  The author does a nice job of weaving in realistic, historical characters that you normally don't think about at the time of the Civil War - traveling performers, a hot-air balloon pilot, a miner, and more.  I also enjoyed the author's descriptions of the characters and the changing setting.

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