Friday, February 6, 2009

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick
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.
"...Even covered with pig filth, I can smell the 'medicine' we're selling.
I know that smell. Whiskey. Professor Fleabottom's Miracle Elixir is just plain whisky..."
Find out more about the author Rodman Philbrick here. Read this review at PlanetEsme Plan.


Steven Engelfried/School Library Journal said...

...The engaging protagonist and mixture of humor and adventure make this a strong choice for fans of Sid Fleischman's tales.

Kirkus Reviews said...

...Bursting with vividly voiced characters and descriptions so crisp they practically crunch, the story is trenchantly narrated in the first person by Homer, a resourceful, sharp-witted child who is never without a lie in his pocket. Despite the overall comic tone, Philbrick makes serious points about the evil of slavery, the horrors of war, inexplicable bravery, ethical decision-making and the need to move forward in one's life.