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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 Mostly True eBook #860 This book kind of reminded me of the Whipping Boy and how the main character keeps falling in with the wrong crowd in his attempt to rescue his brother On that count and due to the people he falls in with in this book I'd say this is for a slightly older crowd perhaps though it's still not exactly mature contentWhen Homer's uncle sells his older brother into soldiering for the Union Army Homer decides to try escaping his uncle's farm in order to save him But one thing after another goes wrong The first night out his horse is heard and two thieving scoundrels who you later find out sell free Black men into slavery kidnap him and force him to a task he doesn't want to do After escaping from them his guardian falls for a matrimonial scam and so goes this mostly true tale until Homer and his brother are united and all ends wellIt's definitely action packed and told somewhat light heartedly And with the given title you know the story is supposed to sound just a little far fetchedAges 12Cleanliness Blacks are called darkies and the boy is reprimanded for using that term The book talks about slavery the details are not too mature There is drinking and smoking There are liars thieves and scoundrels in this story none of them are shown in a positive light except maybe Homer who is a good liar and tells lies to escape There is a woman covered in tattoos Like my reviews Then you should follow me Because I have hundreds just like this one With each review I provide a Cleanliness Report mentioning any objectionable content I come across so that parents andor conscientious readers like me can determine beforehand whether they want to read a book or not Content surprises are super annoying especially when you’re 100 pages in so here’s my attempt to help you avoid that So Follow or Friend me here on GoodReads You’ll see my updates as I’m reading and know which books I’m liking and what I’m not finishing and why You’ll also be able to utilize my library for looking up titles to see whether the book you’re thinking about reading next has any objectionable content or not From swear words to romance to bad attitudes in children’s books I cover it all

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Mostly True Adventures of Homer P Figg8 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 continu 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 uick vignettes instead of a cohesive narrative Even for a children’s book I found the pace too uick 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 euivalent of chocolate covered raisins which sound like a good idea but are really a disgusting “nutritious snack” uasi recommended

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Figg PDF / Epub ✈ Author Rodman Philbrick – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk A dramatic witty Civil War tale from bestselling author Rodman PhilbrickMaster storyteller Rodman Philbrick takes readers on a colorful journey as young Homer Figg seA dramatic witty Civil War Adventures of PDFEPUB #187 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 Ah the inveterate child liar The chronic juvenile dissembler Is there any classic character you can name Whether it's The Artful Dodger Huck Finn Tom Sawyer The Great Brain or Soup from the Soup books there is always room in the canon for just one boy fibber girl fibbers are not yet appearing the same numbers I'm afraid Now the best tellers of untrue tales often come from Southern soil They are born below the Mason Dixon line and are capable of great feats of derring do all the while escaping their own much complicated shenanigans Credit Rodman Philbrick then with coming up with a fellow that's so far North that to go any farther he'd have to be Canadian It's Homer P Figg it is Orphan Storyteller And the kid that's single handedly going to win the Civil War whether he intends to or not When you're stuck living with a scoundrel there's nothing for it but to make the best of things And for years Homer P Figg and his older brother Harold have made the best of living with their nasty ward and uncle Suinton Leach A man so dastardly that he finds a way to sell Harold into serving as a soldier for the Union The year is 1863 and when Harold ends up accidentally conscripted Homer is having none of it Why his brother shouldn't legally be serving at all Without further ado Homer takes his propensity for stretching the truth and Bob the horse so as to catch up with the army and get his bro back Things however do not go smoothly Before he finds Harold again Homer must endure blackguards nitwits shysters pigs a traveling circus and an unexpected tour of the stratosphere It all comes together at a little place called Gettysburg though where Homer must face the facts of his situation and do his best to keep the people important to him alive Backmatter includes Some Additional Civil War Facts Opinions Slang Definitions To Be Argued Debated Cogitated Upon I'm a sucker for a children's book that knows how to coddle a tongue happy phrase Why just last year I was charmed by Sid Fleischman's The Trouble Begins at 8 A Life of Mark Twain in the Wild Wild West with it's delightful play on Twain's flexible language Now I've not read Philbrick before Maybe if I picked up something like his Freak The Mighty or that The Last Book In The Universe of his I'd find a similar bit of wordplay Whatever the matter I found myself much taken with the syllables that get bandied about in Homer P Figg First there are the names Villains get to luxuriate in monikers like Suinton Leach Stink Mullins and Kate and Frank Nibbly Then there are the descriptive sentences Leach's villainy is pitch perfect particularly since it is first introduced as A man so mean he sueezed the good out of the Holy Bible and beat us with it and swore that God Himself had inflicted me and Harold on him like he was Job and we was Boils and Pestilence Another nasty character is described as one for whom Every part of him smells of rot Actually now that I look through my notes I see that a lot of the sentences I've highlighted as being fun descriptive passages have to do with odor Like this later passage which reads The pungent perfume of the pig is still upon you The suffocating scent of the swine exudes from your person In a word sir you stink Catchy In the midst of all this wordsmithing it's probably a temptation to let the language carry the plot and characters with little to no regard for the emotional content But I like that Philbrick has couched this tale as an emotional uest of sorts I mean if you name your hero Homer then obviously there's some kind of IliadOdysseus thing going on there Particularly if you push said hero into a uixotic series of scrapes I kept sort of expecting our own Homer to go blind at one point but if Mr Philbrick ever felt the urge to remove his Homer's sight he did a noble job of repressing that inclination Instead he builds on Homer and Harold's relationship One example comes when Homer thinks about a time when he climbed onto a barn roof when he was younger It was a mean thing wanting to scare my big brother who had always been so kind to me But if felt good too like I enjoyed testing how much he loved me So a book that could simply have been a series of unrelated incidents is held together by good old fashioned brotherly love I mentioned at the beginning of this review what a novelty it is to find a casual liar like Homer coming out of the North rather than the South And when Homer mentions on the very first page that he and his brother won the Battle of Gettysburg then that he was from Maine on the second I should have realized the connection After all I saw Gettysburg the film when it was in theaters But it takes an author like Philbrick to put the pieces together for a reader like myself Pieces he has a clear view of and isn't about to mess up He doesn't romanticize war any either At one point Homer makes a mad ride across a field of battle and what follows is an emotionless list of the horrors he witnesses along the way Things like Thirsty men sucking sweat from their woolen sleeves and A dead man on his knees with his hands folded as if to pray Mamas don't let your children grow up to be Civil War soldiers I was also interested to see that Homer mentions historical details that kids don't always get a chance to see in school Facts like when President Lincoln declared that slaves in the Confederacy were free he didn't dare free the slaves in he Union states like Maryland Delaware or Kentucky in fear the border states might join the rebels Children's literature has a tendency to sort of bypass that kind of information but I think it makes a historical novel like this one all the richer for its complexity And of course all historical novels for children grapple with a uestion that is never easy; How do you deal with terms that are historically accurate and odious to contemporary ears I refer of course to the n word Now to be perfectly honest there are at least two villains in this book that should be tossing that word back and forth like it's nobody's business Yet they don't They don't and I admit that this didn't ring untrue to me while reading the book It was only later that I stopped myself and went back to see how Philbrick dealt with that conundrum The answer is that the bad guys say either slave or darky And there might be some problems with the d word as well were it not for a good uaker man who corrects Homer on this point later on If a man has dark skin say that he is colored or that he is African I'm sure that some historians amongst us might have something to say about those terms as well but as far as I can tell Philbrick covers his bases and doesn't have to cheat Later Homer also refers to two workers as Indians though he acknowledges These Indians are from China similar eyes but a different tribe Contextualizing ignorance in terms that modern kids can understand A tough job No matter how tough the subject matter or the work Homer P Figg is a strong and snappy little novel Funny and with a plot that keeps moving at a lightning uick pace Very few readers will find themselves bored by what Philbrick produces here and many will be caught learning a little something in the process One of the best of its kind