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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Great Writing Style, Great story, great characters - Goodreads
Language very stilted and difficult to read. - Goodreads
This is a great book, full of excellent plot twists. - Goodreads
But the writing is a dirty gimmick. - Goodreads
An interesting premise, but it left me cold. - Goodreads
Beautiful prose, amazing storyline. - Goodreads

Review: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol I: The Pox Party (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation #1)

User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

Octavian is a African boy who is raised by a group of intellectuals in Boston during the beginnings of the American Revolutionary War. He receives what might be the finest education of the time, all ... Read full review

Review: The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol I: The Pox Party (The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation #1)

User Review  - Lynne - Goodreads

Great historical fiction YA book! I thought this book was SO imaginative and thought-provoking. A few scenes about the horrors of slavery in 18th c. America were very disturbing and graphic, but I think that's as it should be. 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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