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The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson
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Nov 11, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, teen, printz-award-winner-honor, audio-book
Read in November, 2008

I tried to read this book when it first came out and quit after about 50 pages. I decided to try listening to it instead and I am so happy that I did.

This is a remarkable and unique tale of Octavian, a slave in Boston as the Revolutionary War breaks out. He and his mother live with the scholars who make up the Novanglian College of Lucidity. Octavian is part of an experiment to determine if Africans and Europeans have the same capacity for learning. As the novel progresses I became more and more fascinated with Octavian and his situation. The hypocrasy regarding the treatment of slaves during a time when our country was fighting for liberty is appauling.

M.T. Anderson's formal, stilted language was difficult to adjust to, but it was integral in creating the atmosphere for this truly astonishing tale.
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