The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

By Philbrick, Rodman

Publishers Summary:
Twelve-year-old Homer, a poor but clever orphan, has extraordinary adventures after running away from his evil uncle to rescue his brother, who has been sold into service in the Civil War.

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ISBN
978-0-43966-818-7
Publisher
Blue Sky Scholastic


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School Library Journal

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

Gr 5-8 When his older brother gets conscripted into the Union Army, Homer runs away from his uncle, "the meanest man in the entire state of Maine." He sets out after Harold but has multiple misadventures along the way. He survives thanks to courage, luck, and his talent for telling lies when needed, since "old Truth ain't nearly as useful as a fib sometimes." Homer relates his own adventures in colorful language as he crosses paths with con men, rogues, and scoundrels of...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Magazine

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

In Pine Swamp, Maine, in the 1860s, young Homer P. Figg is a prodigious liar—this gets him into trouble as often as it gets him out of it, but serves him well as an entertaining storyteller. While his voice is laced with humor, his situation isn't. Homer and his older brother Harold's guardian is Squinton Leach—just about the meanest man in Maine (though "there was a meaner m...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Horn Book Guide

Reviewed on October 1, 2009

In Pine Swamp, Maine, in the 1860s, Homer P. Figg and his brother Harold live with Squinton Leach--the meanest m...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

Junior Library Guild

Reviewed on January 1, 2009

"Telling the truth don't come easy to me, but I will try, even if old Truth ain't nearly as useful as a fib sometimes." In Homer P. Figg, Rodman Philbrick has created an extremely likable protagonist. His engaging voice, together with consistently strong characterization, vivid description, and superb pacing, will keep readers engrossed until the very last page. Despite Homer's penchant for telling a lie (and his lies are enjoyably over-the-top), he is a good kid with good intentions. He is also a...Log In or Sign Up to Read More

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