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The Resource The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation, 1, The pox party, taken from accounts by his own hand and other sundry sources ; collected by M.T. Anderson of Boston

The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation, 1, The pox party, taken from accounts by his own hand and other sundry sources ; collected by M.T. Anderson of Boston

Label
The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation, 1, The pox party
Title
The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation
Title number
1
Title part
The pox party
Statement of responsibility
taken from accounts by his own hand and other sundry sources ; collected by M.T. Anderson of Boston
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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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Awards note
  • A Junior Library Guild selection.
  • National Book Award, 2006.
  • Michael L. Printz honor book, 2007.
Cataloging source
AU@
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Anderson, M. T
Dewey number
[Fic]
Index
no index present
LC call number
PZ7.A54395
LC item number
Pox 2006
Literary form
fiction
Series statement
Astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation
Series volume
01
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  • Liberty
  • Slavery
  • Science
  • African Americans
  • Young adult fiction
  • Massachusetts
  • United States
Target audience
adolescent
Label
The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation, 1, The pox party, taken from accounts by his own hand and other sundry sources ; collected by M.T. Anderson of Boston
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Publication
Control code
ocn701205491
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
2nd pbk. ed.
Extent
353 p.
Isbn
9780763624026
System control number
(OCoLC)701205491
Label
The astonishing life of Octavian Nothing, traitor to the nation, 1, The pox party, taken from accounts by his own hand and other sundry sources ; collected by M.T. Anderson of Boston
Link
Publication
Control code
ocn701205491
Dimensions
21 cm.
Edition
2nd pbk. ed.
Extent
353 p.
Isbn
9780763624026
System control number
(OCoLC)701205491

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