[[ Free Audible ]] Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. FiggAuthor Rodman Philbrick – Cheapnikeshoes.co

this book is very welll written and well edited. 12 year old Homer and his older brother Harold have been living with or rather slaving for their mean and nasty Uncle Squinton Leach and a finer name for a villain I have rarely come across ever since their beloved mother died Harold has always looked after Homer, so when Uncle Squint illegally sells him into the Union Army, Homer is determined to find him and bring him back.After Homer runs away, he has three main adventures During the first, he has a run in with two nefarious characters who have kidnapped a free black man and plan to sell him into slavery down south This leads him to a stern but kindly Quaker who after the previous situation has been satisfactorily resolved sends him to New York to find his brother, along with a wispy reverend named Mr Willow and some funds During the second adventure, Mr Willow is bilked of the money by a pair of confidence tricksters, meaning that Homer must set off alone He quickly falls in with a huckster named Professor Fleabottom who sells Neurotonic Nerve Elixir otherwise known as sweetened rum to Union soldiers During this last adventure, Homer finds his brother but he is also briefly plunged into the horrors of war.The breezy tone and the historical subject matter reminded me of some of Sid Fleischman s books, particularly his McBroom tall tales and his California based historical adventures such as Bandit Moon Homer P Figg would have felt at home in Mark Twain s Tom Sawyer or The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, as well, with his gift of gab and penchant for getting into trouble.Although Homer tends to tell extravagant fibs at the drop of a hat, he waxes humble and heart felt when he talks about his older brother, and so the reader really does expect to find a larger than life character in Harold What a disappointment, then, that Harold is just an ordinary fellow who is not only an unsuccessful soldier but whose primary emotion on getting sold to the army was relief to escape from his responsibilities as an older brother He s not a bad guy, just a human one And since the whole reason for all Homer s adventures was to find Harold, it was odd that the book ends shortly thereafter, with little comment on Homer s part about how their relationship has obviously changed Homer has shown himself to be the intrepid brother, the one with initiative and drive However, most readers will probably just be glad that the brothers end up safe, sound, and whole well, almost whole.Fast paced and full of colorful language and eccentric characters, this is a good choice for kids in grade 4 and up. This came in the mail yesterday and since Freak the Mighty is one of my all time favorite books, I can t wait to read this Okay just finished it last night What a rollicking Civil War tall tale There is no way all these things could happen to one person but they could certainly happen to Homer P Figg Loved the way Philbrick plunked us right in the time period no explanations here And the voice I m insanely jealous And I loved the Civil War slang glossary at the back The author wisely chose not to confuse us by using those terms in the text but he won my heart for creating this glossary.This is the perfect book for the reader who thinks he she doesn t like historical fiction. About as light and humorous as a book about the Civil War and the Battle of Gettysburg can be This book has echoes of Huck Finn and Jack Gantos Very well done, and I enjoyed it, but it s not really my cup of tea. A Newbery Honor book, this Civil War tale about a young boy who searches for his brother after their guardian illegally sells him into the army starts off with a bang Told from Homer s perspective, the folksy voice works well here this is the third book I ve read this year that uses a folksy, down home voice, and this is the first one that I liked from the start There s a lot that s good about this book, but, after a while, it became quick vignettes instead of a cohesive narrative Even for a children s book, I found the pace too quick, and, rather than lose myself in the story, I felt like I was being pulled from scene to scene to scene by a caffeinated jackrabbit By the end, the book is less of a story and of a checklist to introduce children to the major historical elements of the Civil War Since Child Me absolutely abhorred being tricked into history lessons disguised as fun novels even though Child Me was also a nerd who loved history and learning , I finished the book much less enchanted than when I started it I can see the book appealing to a wide swarth of children given how it starts, but some of them may finish Homer s story annoyed that some silly adult tricked them into reading the literary equivalent of chocolate covered raisins which sound like a good idea but are really a disgusting nutritious snack Quasi recommended. Homer Figg is an engaging 11 year old boy from Pine Swamp, Maine in the 1860 s He and his older brother Harold, having been orphaned, have been sent to live with their uncle, Mr Squinton Leach Squint is not happy at this turn of events He makes the boys sleep in the barn, feeds them very little and requires them to do a great deal of the work on his farm.The story begins when Squint catches Homer eating part of the slops he is to feed to the hogs A confrontation ensues in which Harold, for the first time, knocks his uncle to the ground Furious, Squint connives to sell his eldest nephew into the Union Army as a replacement for 200 Since Harold is only 17 and the conscription law has not yet passed, Squint s bargain is illegal After Harold is led away to the Army at gunpoint and Homer is locked in the root cellar, Homer overhears Squint celebrating his trickery and his share of the 200.Furious, Homer vows to find his brother before he gets to the War in order to save Harold from being killed by the Confederate Army What follows is Homer s desperate journey to find his brother, the only family he has left in the world.He encounters slave catchers, abolitionists, a conductor for the Underground Railroad, a foolish minister, a pair of charlatans who kidnap and imprison Homer in order to rob his companion, a tattooed lady, the owner of a traveling medicine show, Confederate spies and a descendant of Davy Crockett He becomes The Amazing Pig Boy, is thrown into a Confederate prison as a Union spy and, in the climax of the story, he is drawn into the decisive Civil War battle of Gettysburg Along his travels Homer learns what it means to be self reliant, changes his opinion of slavery and discovers the true horrors of war.In spots the language is rough, that is, appropriate to the 1860 s Homer s sometimes inappropriate language in reference to slaves is countered, however, in the language of Jebidiah Brewster, a Quaker abolitionist involved with the Undergraound Railroad who helps Homer to realize slaves are people, not things There are also some frank descriptions although not graphic of the surgeons actions treating the wounded in the war specifically amputations For these reasons I would not use this book as a read aloud selection in a classroom In general, I would not recommend it for younger than 4th grade It it, however, a great example of adventure, historical fiction and personal growth for older elementary and middle schoolers. Homer P Figg is a fun and interesting This was a cute and quick read Homer s adventures were always entertaining, and they reminded me a lot of Odysseus trials which I m assuming was intentional The ending, however, was so rushed in comparison with the pace of the rest of the book Still, an entertaining read that would be a good companion to a study of parts of American history. One of my favorite parts of each day is when I tuck my kids in bed and read to them I make the rounds from one bed to the next, with the help of my husband, making sure each child gets a chance to read from his or her own special book If I take too long getting to my eight year old, Hunter s, room, I ll hear his voice, quiet but insistent, asking, Mom, are you going to read to me It is a special time, and I want to make sure it is enjoyable for my kids, so I am careful about which books I choose to read to them.For the last two years, Hunter and I have been reading fantasy novels together Some have been really fun the Chronicles of Prydain Series by Lloyd Alexander, The Ranger s Apprentice by John Flanagan, and of course, Harry Potter Others not so much At least in my opinion But Hunter seemed to enjoy them all.Still, I was dying to share something with him that didn t involve strange, savage beasts, epic quests, magic spells, and swordplay In other words, something that wasn t fantasy.I asked our school librarian for some book suggestions and she showed me The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P Figg It was absolutely perfect Or in Hunter s words, the most amazing book ever I think there are some important elements in True Adventures that endeared it so much to my fantasy lover First of all, the evil nemesis Every fantasy book I ve ever read has a dark, malignant antagonist whose existence is a threat to life and happiness In True Adventures that antagonist is Squinton Leach And while he is no sorceror or evil king, the crimes he commits make him just as dangerous He is the protagonist, Homer Figg s, uncle, and his negligence and abuse of his two nephews make him every bit as vile as the big Voldemort Leach initiates the book s action by selling his underage nephew, Homer s brother Harold, into the service of the Union Army under the Conscription Law of 1863.And this is where the next important element begins the Quest Homer escapes from Leach and embarks on an epic like quest to find his brother, rescue him from the war, and bring him home, wherever that might be anywhere where Leach is not That quest takes Homer on a journey from Maine southward toward the fighting, where he ultimately witnesses the Battle of Gettysburg On the way he aides in the underground railroad, joins a traveling medicine show, is taken as a prisoner of war, sees hand to hand combat, rides a steamship, a train, and a hot air balloon, and encounters allies and enemies alike.Throughout it all, Homer maintains that his allegiance lies with himself and his brother However, and this is where True Adventures departs from the plot of a traditional fantasy quest, when he finally tracks Harold down, his brother is somewhat of a fallen hero Not only that, he doesn t want to be rescued The black and white, good versus evil construct breaks down and we find ourselves grappling with issues common to realistic fiction discovering and learning how to cope with the good and the evil that lie within all of us.There is a wonderful element of humor in the book Homer has an engaging and entertaining voice, and the lies he tells to manuever his way through his adventures had Hunter and I chuckling But there are also very sober and somewhat graphic scenes, summed up in this poignant dream of Homer s In my dream Harold will be happy and strong and find him a wife to darn his socks of an evening and give him children that are never hungry and never get beat or locked in the barn like animals, and never have to run away to war to save their big brothers and see arms and legs being stacked like cordwood, or men dying of their wounds, or hear the keening of boys who miss their mothers and beg to see her in Heaven The treatment of the Civil War battles did not come until the end of the book They were brief, but they were somewhat gruesome However, I felt that sharing those scenes with Hunter was very valuable First of all, because of the historical accuracy Philbrick treats the subject with Second of all, and even importantly in my opinion, Philbrick shows the human aspect of war and fighting in a profound way that recognizes fear, loss, and pain Of course, from the first page there is no question that our resilient protagonist will come out on top, and it was immensely satisfying to reach the book s conclusion and see just how buoyant, brave, and yes, true, our falsifying friend could really be. A Dramatic, Witty Civil War Tale From Bestselling Author Rodman PhilbrickMaster Storyteller Rodman Philbrick Takes Readers On A Colorful Journey As Young Homer Figg Sets Off To Follow His Brother Into The Thick Of The Civil War Through A Series Of Fascinating Events, Homer S Older Brother Has Been Illegally Sold To The Union Army It Is Up To Homer To Find Him And Save Him Along The Way, He Encounters Strange But Real People Of That Era Two Tricksters Who Steal His Money, A Snake Oil Salesman, A Hot Air Balloonist, And Finally, The Maine Regiment Who Saved Little Round Top At The Battle Of Gettysburg And Won The War For The Union Copy Continues