Introducing a very cheesy kid who is about 13 and living with his brother, Harold and his uncle Squint. This is in rural Maine in about 1863. Squint ended up taking care of these two boys and would rather be miserable on his own. One day after the boys had the gall to complain about being hungry, Squint gets so angry he goes into town and brings back someone to swear Harold, who is 17, into the army as a replacement soldier. It wasn’t legal but it was done and Homer spends the rest of the book trying to get his brother back. Homer meets a slew of interesting characters and has some great adventures. It is all a bit fantastic, but Homer is known for stretching the truth, so that fits.
Grades 4-7 Caudill Nominee 2013