About The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figgs
“…Bursting with vividly voiced characters and descriptions so crisp they practically crunch.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg” is a children’s novel penned by Rodman Philbrick, introduced to readers in 2009. The narrative centers on the life of Homer, a young orphan who embarks on a courageous quest to locate his brother, Harold, who has been conscripted into the Union Army during the Civil War.
Residing in Pine Swamp, Maine, Homer finds himself under the guardianship of his oppressive uncle, Squint, following the untimely demise of his parents. Squint, a cruel and self-centered individual, subjects Homer to harsh mistreatment, reducing him to the status of a virtual slave. When Squint callously sells Harold to the Army, Homer resolves to escape and rescue his sibling.
Homer commences a treacherous and exhilarating journey that spans the expanse of the country, stretching from Maine to Virginia. Along the way, he crosses paths with a motley crew of eccentric and unforgettable characters, including a one-armed soldier, a shrewd trickster, and a compassionate abolitionist. Homer confronts an array of trials and adversities, from hunger and peril to instances of treachery. Yet, his unwavering resolve is steadfast, as he remains steadfast in his mission to reunite with his brother and bring him home.
“The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg” emerges as an action-packed and heartwarming narrative, interweaving humor, adventure, and heartfelt moments. It serves as an ideal literary choice for children and holds the potential to captivate readers of all ages.
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