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The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I

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National Book Award Winner!
This deeply provocative novel reimagines the past as an eerie place that has startling resonance for readers today.

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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Publisher: Candlewick Press
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Kindle Book

  • Release date: December 30, 2010

OverDrive Read

  • ISBN: 9780763651787
  • Release date: December 30, 2010

EPUB ebook

  • ISBN: 9780763651787
  • File size: 1526 KB
  • Release date: December 30, 2010

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Kindle Book
OverDrive Read
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English

Levels

ATOS Level:8
Lexile® Measure:1090
Interest Level:9-12(UG)
Text Difficulty:6-9

National Book Award Winner!
This deeply provocative novel reimagines the past as an eerie place that has startling resonance for readers today.

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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  • Details

    Publisher:
    Candlewick Press

    Awards:

    Kindle Book
    Release date: December 30, 2010

    OverDrive Read
    ISBN: 9780763651787
    Release date: December 30, 2010

    EPUB ebook
    ISBN: 9780763651787
    File size: 1526 KB
    Release date: December 30, 2010

  • Creators
  • Formats
    Kindle Book
    OverDrive Read
    EPUB ebook
  • Languages
    English
  • Levels
    ATOS Level: 8
    Lexile® Measure: 1090
    Interest Level: 9-12(UG)
    Text Difficulty: 6-9
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