Homer has lived with his unpleasant and abusive uncle since he was small. He is comforted and protected by his big brother Harold until his uncle illegally sells Harold into the union army to fight the Civil War. Rather than stay with his uncle, Homer decides to escape and find his brother and get him released from the army. Homer is a tall-tale teller and even though he knows it is wrong, he is driven to embellish the truth and invent all sorts of details when responding to even simple questions. This talent helps him escape from some evil men who are searching for escaped slaves as well as adding a lot of humor to the book. Homer’s cheery optimism and creativity make this book a fun read in spite of the dangerous circumstances Homer finds himself in. His path to save his brother is strewn with adventures and moral dilemmas. Homer is a multi-dimensional character set in a very dangerous and uncertain period in American history.
Posted by: Fran Weisman