The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation, Volume 1: The Pox Party (Compact Disc)
The Pox Party
Listening Library (Audio), 9780739338629
Publication Date: January 9, 2007
Winter 2009 Kids' List
— Mark David Bradshaw, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS
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He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the best of classical educations. Raised by a mysterious group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother–a princess in exile from a faraway land–are the only people in their household assigned names. As the boy’s regal mother, Cassiopeia, entertains the house scholars with her beauty and wit, young Octavian begins to question the purpose behind his guardians’ fanatical studies. Only after he dares to open a forbidden door does he learn the hideous nature of their experiments–and his own chilling role in them.