Homer and his brother Harold have been living with their evil Uncle Squinton Leach, 'the meanest man in the entire state of Maine,' since their parents died. When Uncle Squinton sells Harold into the Union Army during the Civil War, Homer can take no more. He runs away and sets off to get Harold back. On his journey, he encounters slave catchers, a Confederate spy, and makes a get-away flight in a hot air balloon which lands him in Gettysburg right before the fighting begins. Join Homer for his mostly true adventures, but remember that he also has a real talent for telling fibs when they're needed.
Similar authors: Sid Fleischman
Awards nominated: Rebecca Caudill Award Nominee 2012
Awards won: Newbery Honor Book 2010
Date read: 6/1/2011