The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II by M.T. Anderson
The Kingdom on the Waves (Michael L Printz Honor Book (Awards))

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Sequel to the National Book Award Winner! Fearing a death sentence, Octavian and his tutor, Dr. Trefusis, escape through rising tides and pouring rain to find shelter in British-occupied Boston. Sundered from all he knows — the College of Lucidity, the rebel cause — Octavian hopes to find safe harbor. Instead, he is soon to learn of Lord Dunmore's proclamation offering freedom to slaves who join the counterrevolutionary forces. In Volume II of his unparalleled masterwork, M. T. Anderson recounts Octavian's experiences as the Revolutionary War explodes around him, thrusting him into intense battles and tantalizing him with elusive visions of liberty. Ultimately, this astonishing narrative escalates to a startling, deeply satisfying climax, while reexamining our national origins in a singularly provocative light.
 

About M.T. Anderson

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M.T. Anderson is the author of The Game of Sunken Places; the National Book Award-winning, Michael L. Printz Honor book The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume I: The Pox Party; and the Michael L Printz Honor book The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume II: The Kingdom of Waves, as well as Feed and Thirsty. He lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
 
Published December 21, 2010 by Candlewick. 594 pages
Genres: History, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, War. Fiction

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In the sequel to The Pox Party (2006), Octavian Nothing escapes the College of Lucidity and flees to British-controlled Boston, where he will swear fealty “to whoever offers emancipation with the greatest celerity.” When Lord Dunmore offers manumission to slaves joining the British counterrevolut...

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Dressed in silks and expensive white wigs farmed from the heads of Prague pensioners, Octavian and his mother perform duets — Octavian plays the violin, his mother the harpsichord — and exchange syllogisms over dinner.

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The Bookbag

The book is also full of subtle references - that book of poems by the Negress refers to Phillis Wheatley, but I only knew about that because I'd just read a book about her.

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Teen Reads

In some regards, Octavian becomes everything the College could have hoped for, but studying science and philosophy also makes Octavian into his own person with his own ideas, not all of which the College agrees with.

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Teen Reads

At the end of THE KINGDOM ON THE WAVES, Octavian returns to the college where he was raised to replace the tomes detailing the weights and measures of his youth with the two-volume narrative he writes about his experiences in the world.

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Historical Novel Society

African-American youth Octavian escapes with his trusted tutor Doctor Trefusis from the eccentric Bostonian gentlemen who raised him as a comparative experiment between the European and African cultures.

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Los Angeles Review of Books

Anderson — a white man living in the 21st century — has created a character — an enslaved black man living in the 18th century — whose voice he can, for me, believably inhabit.

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The book's literary style and language will also challenge teen readers -- as will the greater questions this book raises about freedom.

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A Patchwork of Books

Plus, you’ll find tips at Pat's Web site, at ALSC headquarters and at the Texas Library Association web site.And if you’re looking for poetry to celebrate world cultures, I’d like to make a plug for a book I mentioned earlier this month (a 2009 White Ravens list book), and just got my hands on (...

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