The plot focuses on Octavian, a young black boy who recounts his youth in a
The story's scope is immense, in both its technical challenges and underlying intellectual and moral questions--perhaps too immense to be contained in a traditional narrative (and, indeed,
Once acclimated to the novel's style, readers will marvel at
Themes: Social Action, Power, Racism, Patriotism, Freedom, Privilege
Classroom Implications: This is a good pick for a high level, 8th grade historical fiction book club. This novel can be read through a critical lens, with students working to determining power, privilege and positioning of characters within the novel and the setting.