Publisher:Scholastic (Blue Sky Press)
Publication date: January 1, 2009
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg might seem a little unbelievable at first. But, when Homer sets off on his own, following his brother who was sold into the Union Army, he manages to find trouble right off. Along the way, Homer will encounter bounty hunters, underground railroad workers, swindlers, spies, and plenty of hogs. He also finds that bending the truth is sometimes the best way to get by.
Things I Liked:
This book was so funny! I fell in love with Homer and the way he thinks. Things actually seem a little bit simpler when you view them through his eyes. Despite his sometimes tragic or harrowing experiences, he manages to see things in a fairly positive way. I loved the stories of his adventures finding his brother and also the way Civil War history is neatly hidden in the stories. A fun book - one that will appeal to boys and historical fiction fans and anyone who likes to laugh. Here are some laughs:
"Our mother was a kindly schoolmarm and taught us to speak proper, so I can't tell you exactly what I think of Squinton Leach, but it approximates what I think of a rabid skunk, or scabs on my backside, or a bad toothache." p 8
"Thinking on the dead and moaning ghosts and such, and wishing I had something to eat so I could forget about being hungry and concentrate on better reasons to be miserable." p20Things I Didn't Like:
A few times I wondered if the book was implying that lying or stretching the truth was good. I don't think so, but I did pause a few times and think about it.
Reminded me of Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis
Also A Long Way From Chicago and A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
a battle scene or two, as well as wounded soldiers
Overall rating: ****
Any books you know of where you learn history without even realizing it?