Brandon Digwood's Book Reviews

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"The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing"

Students, reading any historical fiction this month?

Check out The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, a great piece of historical fiction by M. T. Anderson.

Octavian’s life has always been…interesting. He is part of a science experiment at the college in his home town. The college is using him to test whether or not an African slave can be educated and have the same intelligence as a white man. Over the years, the experiment is threatened in a number of ways. The college suffers financial distress and gains a new taskmaster. The experiment is backed by investors in the slave-holding southern colonies who are determined to see it fail. But the worst blow is the loss of his mother, sacrificed for one of the college’s gruesome experiments.  In the end, Octavian runs away and joins the Revolutionary Army during the siege of Boston.  But, when he is captured and taken back to his old masters, it will take a miracle for him to escape.

Check out volumes 1 and 2 of Octavian's story at Northeast Library or any DC Public Library.