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The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation. 1 The pox party

Author: M T Anderson
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Candlewick Press, ©2011.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Secondary (senior high) school : English : 2nd pbk. edView all editions and formats
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Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War. It sounds like a fairy tale. He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the finest of classical educations. Raised by a group of rational philosophers  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Fiction
History
Juvenile works
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Secondary (senior high) school
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: M T Anderson
ISBN: 0763624020 9780763624026 9780763653767 0763653764
OCLC Number: 701205491
Awards: A Junior Library Guild selection.
National Book Award, 2006.
Michael L. Printz honor book, 2007.
Description: 353 pages ; 21 cm.
Responsibility: taken from accounts by his own hand and other sundry sources ; collected by M.T. Anderson of Boston.

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Various diaries, letters, and other manuscripts chronicle the experiences of Octavian, a young African American, from birth to age sixteen, as he is brought up as part of a science experiment in the years leading up to and during the Revolutionary War. It sounds like a fairy tale. He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the finest of classical educations. Raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother -- a princess in exile from a faraway land -- are the only persons in their household assigned names. As the boy's regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians' fanatical studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments -- and his own chilling role in them. Set against the disquiet of Revolutionary Boston, M.T. Anderson's extraordinary novel takes place at a time when American Patriots rioted and battled to win liberty while African slaves were entreated to risk their lives for a freedom they would never claim. The first of two parts, this deeply provocative novel reimagines the past as an eerie place that has startling resonance for readers today.

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