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Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Historical Fiction
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing Traitor to the Nation: Volume II The Kingdom on the Waves

The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing Traitor to the Nation: Volume II The Kingdom on the Waves

Fall 2008 Historical Fiction
Ages: 13 & Up
Author: M.T. Anderson
Publisher: Candlewick Press
ISBN: 978-0763629502
Hardcover Price: $22.99
Review:
All readers want: A book that makes us marvel at the English language and want to learn more about words for fun; a book that makes readers more curious about their country even as it teaches them; a book that makes them wish they had read other books, like Greek mythology or The Bible. Here is such a book. Octavian is trying to survive the buildup to-and his involvement in-the Revolutionary War. As a black man his lot is precarious at best. He is given a chance to secure his future and finds that freedom cannot be gained simply by siding with the enemy of one's oppressor. This is a timely and remarkable gift of a book that will help young people engage essential questions about war, liberty, and justice.
Drego Little   ©2008 Parents' Choice
Drego Little is a graduate student in the Language, Literacy, and Culture program at the University of Washington in Seattle.


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