The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Vol. II: The Kingdom on the Waves
By M.T. Anderson*
In elegant but complex sentence structure rich with eighteenth-century vocabulary, Octavian Nothing, a teenage black slave, narrates his heroic and compelling journey through the epic period of the founding of America. As he moves through the swirl of events around him and the birth of the nation, Octavian experiences the basic human struggles for independence, identity, freedom and love.

Candlewick, 2008. ISBN: 9780763629502

* 2009 list addition


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