The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation: The Pox Party is by M.T. Anderson. The first book in the Octavian Nothing series. Set during the build up to the American Revolution in Boston, Octavian is a young black slave being raised by a group of philosophers. As he grows older he discovers he is being studied and comes to learn what slavery really means. While some aspects are based on historical fact, the novel takes liberties with American history and creates an eerie version of early America. A fascinating novel.
Ratings: 8th grade - 8 out of 10 - V (violence) - AC (some mature thematic content).