Homer P. Figg is a consummate liar. He will tell tales on just about anything. This is the story of how he and his brother Harold won the Battle of Gettysburg. Homer and Harold are orphans being raised by their terrible uncle Squint Leach. Leach sells Harold to the Union Army even though he is too young to fight. Homer is having none of that and decides he is going to rescue his brother no matter what. What follows is a ridiculous adventure from Maine to Gettysburg and back. Homer helps runaway slaves, joins a traveling medicine show, is robbed by a couple of professional thieves, steals a hot air balloon, and survives the Battle of Gettysburg.
Homer P. Figg is a wonderful character and this book was really fun to read. He reminds me of Huck Finn or Tom Sawyer or some other young rascal. He is a liar and he really can’t help telling tales; it is such a part of who he is that telling the truth is actually difficult. I really appreciate all the historical details Philbrick manages to get into the story. They seem pretty accurate and fit the story well. I think this is a wonderful historical fiction story that kids will enjoy.