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By Rodman Philbrick

The 2010 Newbery Honor ebook by way of hugely acclaimed writer Rodman Philbrick is now in paperback!

In this Newbery Honor-winning page-turner, twelve-year-old orphan Homer runs clear of Pine Swamp, Maine, to discover his older brother, Harold, who has been offered into the Union military. With laugh-aloud humor, Homer outwits and outruns a colourful collection of civil War-era thieves, scallywags, and spies as he makes his approach south, following clues that at last lead him to Gettysburg. Even via a hail of gunfire, Homer by no means loses heart--but will he locate his brother? Or will or not it's too late?
With enticing wit and comical repartee corresponding to Mark Twain, grasp storyteller Rodman Philbrick introduces us to the unforgettable personality of Homer in his most up-to-date groundbreaking novel.

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And too younger for striking, fortunate for you. ” open air the stall the accomplice guards are performing ever so informal, smoking their pipes and complaining in regards to the rations, yet i will inform they’re conserving prepared ears for our dialog. So I choose to inform the newspaperman all approximately touring with Professor Fleabottom, and that he’s particularly a insurgent patriot arrested through the Union military, and the way I escaped in a stolen balloon. “Said his actual identify is Crockett, Reginald Robert Crockett,” I say as my story concludes. “He’s obtained a brother, Levi, they beat up anything lousy. ” “Crockett you are saying! ” the newspaperman exclaims. “That’s a well-known identify within the South. was once your medication showman on the topic of Davy Crockett, that died on the Alamo? ” “Must have been,” I say, operating up a few enthusiasm for the belief. “In truth, I’m certain he's. I as soon as observed him kill a mountain lion along with his naked arms. needs to be the Crockett blood. ” “A mountain lion. notable! naked palms, you are saying? ” “Course it used to be an outdated lion, lacking so much of its enamel. Escaped from a circus. ” “And you have been hired by way of Mr. Crockett, sometimes called Professor Fleabottom? ” “You may possibly say so,” I say grandly. “I was once the celebrity of the express. ” “Star of the express? In what ability? ” “I performed the superb, um, the fantastic Wolf Boy. Raised by means of wolves etc. ” The newspaperman is nodding feverishly, as though worried to write down it down, if in basic terms he had pen and paper. The accomplice guards lean nearer, putting on my each observe, simply as I deliberate. “Course I wasn’t quite raised by way of wolves,” I confide. “I’m a Figg. you most likely heard of the Figgs. We’re the richest relatives north of Boston. Figgs personal many of the trees, a railroad, a significant portion of the mines, and a fleet of schooners. Plus too many farms and factories to trouble declaring. Why we even personal slaves,” I upload, eyeing the guards. “Dozens of ’em. 1000's, most likely, when you took the difficulty to count number. We Figgs prefer slavery. My father, while he was once governor, he wrote a legislation asserting each guy needs to personal a slave. possessing slaves is what makes the United States nice, every body is aware that. each person yet that idiot Lincoln. My father says if Lincoln was once to remove our slaves he’d chop outdated Abe down like Washington chopped down the cherry tree. ” “Would he fairly? ” asks the newspaperman, taking a look aghast. “Course he may! hand over our slaves? by no means! It’s slaves that make us wealthy. Slaves that make us satisfied. Slaves that make the pancakes, and churn the butter, and boil the syrup. My father as soon as supply me a slave whose activity it was once to keep on with me round and sweep away my footprints so i may faux to be invisible. That’s what percentage slaves we owned, that he may spare one for erasing footprints. ” “I see,” says the newspaperman doubtfully. “Point is, we Figgs can be from Maine, yet our hearts lie with the Southern rebels. certain, sir. by no means met a slave I didn’t are looking to personal! truth is, so much each slave I ever observed we did personal. ” “Hundreds of them, you are saying. In Maine? together with your, um, prosperous relations? ” “Not filthy rich — wealthy! wealthy is healthier. extra slaves if you’re wealthy. ” The accomplice guards are nodding at each other and certainly one of them turns to go away.

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