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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 0763646261
ISBN-13: 9780763646264
Sku: 211293196
Publish Date: 10/13/2009
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 7.75H x 5.75L x 1.75T
Pages:  561
Age Range:  18 to UP
When he and his tutor escape to British-occupied Boston, Octavian learns of Lord Dunmores proclamation offering freedom to slaves who join the counterrevolutionary Royal Ethiopian Regiment. *Author: Anderson, M. T. *Subtitle: The Kingdom on the Waves *Publication Date: 2009/10/13 *Number of Pages: 555 *Binding Type: Paperback *Grade Level: 10-12 *Language: English *Depth: 1.75 *Width: 5.75 *Height: 7.75
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When he and his tutor escape to British-occupied Boston, Octavian learns of Lord Dunmore's proclamation offering freedom to slaves who join the counterrevolutionary Royal Ethiopian Regiment.
Set in Pre-Revolutionary War America, this sequel to the National Book Award-winner THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF OCTAVIAN NOTHING, TRAITOR TO THE NATION; V. 1 THE POX PARTY, continues the tale of Octavian Nothing, a black teenager who received a classical education (as the subject of a social experiment) while being raised by a group of scientists and philosophers known as "The Numbers." Now having escaped from "The Numbers," Octavian learns that the British are offering freedom to any slaves who help them defeat the revolutionaries. Traveling to Virginia, Octavian joins the Royal Navy, where he serves the British but also works privately to preserve the names and stories of the other slaves in his regiment--thus ensuring, he hopes, that all will eventually be freed. As Octavian learns of the harsh and horrible lives of slaves in the Colonies, he wonders how those fighting for freedom can still insist on their own right to hold slaves. A 2009 Printz Honor Book.
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M. T. Anderson
Children's book author M.T. Anderson had a diverse working background--including jobs as DJ, teacher, editorial assistant, and music critic--prior to writing such critical successes and bestsellers as the young-adult science fiction novel FEED and the hilarious middle-grade mystery series, M.T. Anderson's Thrilling Tales. He is most well-known for his 2006 National Book Award-winning book THE ASTONISHING LIFE OF OCTAVIAN NOTHING, a brilliant and disturbing story about slavery. He received a Printz Honor for this title as well. Anderson attended Harvard University and received his B.A. from Cambridge University and an M.F.A. from Syracuse University.


"Teens will identify with Octavian's internal tumult, how he experiences events as being acted upon him, and his transition from observer to participant, from boy to man...Anderson's masterful pacing, surprising use of imagery and symbolism, and adeptness at crafting structure make this a powerful reimagining of slavery and the American Revolution dazzle." 9/1/2008

"Summarizing such a sweeping epic novel is a bit like saying MOBY DICK is about a fishing trip...Besides Twain we can also hear in this book echoes of Melville...and Hawthorne...I believe OCTAVIAN NOTHING will someday be recognized as a novel of the first rank, the kind of monumental work Italo Calvino called 'encyclopedic' in the way it sweeps up history into a comprehensive and deeply textured pattern." - Jerry Griswold 11/9/08

"[R]eaders are kept continually off-balance, while simultaneously grappling with the eighteenth-century vocabulary and complex sentence structure." 09/01/2008

"While this follows the more familiar conventions of a war story, as opposed to the macabre eccentricity of the first volume, Octavian's introspection born of a philosopher's upbringing adds depth to the tale." 11/01/2008

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Product attributeBook Format:   Paperback
Product attributeMinimum Age:   14
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0561
Product attributePublisher:   Candlewick Press (MA)
Product attributeSeries Part:   2
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