Once I learned of the bloggers promoting artful pieces of middle grade literature on Mondays, the masterpiece beckoned me, and I'm honored to join Marvelous Middle Grade Monday (MMGM).
The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg was written by Rodman Philbrick, published in 2009, and received a Newbery Honor in 2010. My kids and I read it aloud, as we do many books, and we were engulfed in Philbrick's lively style, humor, and historical backdrop.
The premise: The Civil War rages as Homer's older brother is unlawfully sold into the Union Army by their no-good, scallywag uncle and guardian. In a desperate move, twelve-year-old Homer escapes his uncle and hunts for his brother.
What keeps readers reading: With wit and sincerity, Rodman Philbrick rolls Civil War soldiers, thieves, Underground Railroad conductors, and spies into a rollicking adventure. He reveals the horrendous reality of war as Homer is swept into the Battle at Gettysburg but does so in a way that keeps readers of any age or gender laughing along the journey.