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The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Sometimes funny Civil War tall tale reveals horrors of war.

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age 7+

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age 7+

Outstanding book!!

My son and I read this book together and we could not put it down! It is funny, suspenseful and has historical relevance. It does show the realism of war (takes place during the civil war) which my son and I discussed as we were reading it. I loved that actually. We both highly, highly recommend this book. It's an exciting, page-turning story while giving a little history lesson at the same time! What more could a parent want!!

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It's a tricky task the author has set himself here, but he succeeds brilliantly. He effectively conveys something of the reality of this horrific war, as well as the mistreatment of African-Americans (not to mention orphans), in the context of a broadly humorous tall tale told by a boy who believes that "old Truth ain't nearly as useful as a fib sometimes." That he accomplishes the task so well is no surprise, coming from the author of Freak the Mighty: This is a writer who knows how to balance humor, poignancy, and power, never going overboard in any one direction.

He also manages to create a story that reads like a tall tale, populated with larger-than-life characters, that somehow rarely strains credulity. It's one of those cinematic stories that not only runs like a movie in the reader's head, but also prompts mental attempts at casting, a game your kids might enjoy. Homer is an appealing hero -- recklessly adventurous, dishonest for the sheer creative fun of it, and goodhearted as only a kid can be. With touches of Dickens and Twain, this is a delightful read with some layers that may prompt your kids to learn more.

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