“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis
Bibliography: Written by Rodman Philbrick, Blue Sky Press, New York, 2009, 224 pgs.
Reading Level: 950L (9-12)
Synopsis: After both being raised by their cruel uncle, Homer’s big brother Harold is tricked and sold to the Union Army during the Civil War. Homer sets out to save his big brother and endures some circumstances he finds worse than being with his uncle. His hope that his brother has survived the perils of the war keep him going.
Classroom Rationale: Students can describe the feelings that Homer experiences during his various adventures in his quest to find and save his big brother. Students can give an account of the series of the events and explain the lessons Homer has learned along the way. Students can compare events in the book to actual events during the Civil War.
Common Core: Students can describe characteristics of the character (Homer) throughout different parts of the story and explain the sequence of his adventures (RL 3.3). Describe the character (Homer) in depth using details from the text (RL 4.3).