Award winner-Newbery Honor book.
Homer and his brother Harold have been raised by their cruel uncle. Then their uncle does the ultimate dastardly deed-sells Harold as a substitute to the serve in the Civil War, even though Harold is too young to fight. Homer escapes his uncle's clutches, determined to rescue his brother before he is killed in the war.
The journey to Harold brings a variety of adventures to Homer.
*Highly recommend for older readers (junior high)-see warning.
*Borrowed from the library.
I really liked the section in the back where the author included additional civil war facts plus Civil War Slang.
Warnings/points to discuss: The uncle beats and abuses the brothers. Homer encounters a few other cruel characters along the way. Home lies and stretches stories throughout the story. He is a liar. The Battle of Gettysburg is described, not shying away from the gore of war. Very explicit . .. made me appreciate the sacrifices these men made so many years ago.
Guided Reading Level: X (grade 6th and up)
Grade Level Equivalent: 7.4