Another Book You Need #3: Homer P. Figg

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. Figg

 

The 2010 Newbery Honor Book by highly acclaimed author Rodman Philbrick is a  page-turner.  In this book, twelve-year-old orphan Homer runs away from Pine Swamp, Maine, to find his older brother, Harold, who has been sold into the Union Army. With laugh-aloud humor, Homer outwits and outruns a colorful assortment of civil War-era thieves, scallywags, and spies as he makes his way south, following clues that finally lead him to Gettysburg. Even through a hail of gunfire, Homer never loses heart–but will he find his brother? Or will it be too late?  With engaging wit and comical repartee reminiscent of Mark Twain, master storyteller Rodman Philbrick introduces us to the unforgettable character of Homer.

Another Book You Need #1: The Encyclopedia of My Immaturity

The Encyclopedia of My Immaturity

The Encyclopedia of My Immaturity

Say the word “diary” and most kids will imagine a book with a cute little lock, maybe a kitten on the cover and filled with the sensitive writing of a tender soul. Well, this diary is NOTHING like that.

The Encyclopedia of My Immaturity is filled with a wise-cracking collection of write-in-the-book activities immortalizing the triumphs of a smart-aleck youth. Entries include the “What kind of fool am I?” quiz and the “What will you barely grow up to be?” fortune-teller. Throughout, directed activities share space with open-ended journal prompts.  There is even a form to complete that will help you find your lucky underwear.

 

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