The Pox Party

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Candlewick Press, 2006 - African Americans - 351 pages
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A gothic tale becomes all too shockingly real in this mesmerizing magnum opus by the acclaimed author of FEED.

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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The period style of writing was excellent. - LibraryThing
An interesting premise, but boring carry-through. - LibraryThing
At first I felt put off by the stiff writing style. - LibraryThing
The writing style and subject appeal to an elite few. - LibraryThing
The ending of Volume 1 is so satisfying. - LibraryThing

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For the first several chapters of this astonishing novel, the reader is unmoored in space and time, uncertain even of genre. And this is a good thing, because the reader must slow down and learn along ... Read full review

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Octavian is the son of an African Queen who was sold into slavery when she was pregnant. This wasn’t any ordinary slavery because they became a science experiment. When the funding for the experiment ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

M. T. Anderson is the author of several books for children and young adults, including FEED, which was a National Book Award Finalist and winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. M. T. Anderson lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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