ALON at a Glance

  • Octavian "It boots us nothing to feel rage for things that long ago transpired. We must curb our fury, and allow sadness to diminish, and speak our stories with coolness and deliberation. 'Animum rege, qui nisi paret, imperat,' quoth the poet Horace. 'Rule thy passion, for unless it obeys, it rules you.'"

                                                                -The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing 



    M.T. Anderson is an accomplished writer who has written a wide variety of titles, including works of fantasy and satire for a range of ages. Anderson grew up outside of Boston, Massachusetts. He was educated in English literature at Harvard University and Cambridge University, and went on to receive his MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University.

    Before becoming a writer, Anderson held several other jobs, some of which he has used as inspiration for his writing. He worked as a burger flipper, a department store cashier and a radio DJ. His previous novels have included Thirsty, a vampire novel, Burger Wuss, a fast food revenge book and Feed, a futuristic satirical novel. Feed was a finalist for the National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Award for YA fiction in 2003. It was additionally a finalist for the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. The first volume of the Octavian Nothing saga won the National Book Award and the Boston Globe / Horn Book Prize. Both the first and second volumes of that two-part series were Printz Honor Books. 

    MT Anderson currently lives in Boston, Massachusetts. "M. T. Anderson's Biography |" Scholastic Teachers. Scholastic. Web. 25 May 2016.




    It sounds like a fairy tale. He is a boy dressed in silks and white wigs and given the finest of classical educations. Raised by a group of rational philosophers known only by numbers, the boy and his mother — a princess in exile from a faraway land — are the only persons 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.  This is a highly unusual slave narrative with educational experimentation, a love affair with reason, and daring participation in the American Revolution.  Anderson, M.T. "The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Vol. 1." MT Anderson- His Books. Web. 25 May 2016.