I am now finally ready to start my review and update of my current book, The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg. I teased you with a review a few days ago and then the Books and Basketball finals stole my time, but I am now ready, so here goes…
The historical fiction novel, …Homer P. Figg was written by Rodman Philbrick of Freak the Mighty fame. I am currently on chapter 30 of a 36 chapter book. That means I am approaching the climax and look forward to see how Mr. Philbrick brings this little adventure to a close.
The story opens with Homer and his brother, Harold, living a pretty dreary life. Their parents are dead and they have been in the charge of a mean old uncle who makes them live in the barn and never gives them quite enough to eat. After an altercation with Uncle Squint Harold is sold into the Union army. Harold is underage for military service, but a behind the back deal puts him into the Maine regiment heading south.
Homer decides that this is his last straw and he runs away with the wonderfully named Bob the horse to find and rescue his brother from the war. From there young Homer meets up with a pair of slave hunters, a Quaker abolitionist, a naive minister in training, crooks, traveling road shows and even a giant balloon named Tilda.
It has been a wild ride for Homer and at this point he is up in the air, out of control in a giant balloon. I have a feeling all is going to work out in the end, but I believe it will be a fun climax and ending.
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg is a good little book that will help young readers learn a little about the USA during the Civil War and tells a funny story. If you like historical fiction, silly adventures or have ever been known to stretch the true just a hair then I recommend The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg by Rodman Philbrick.