Emily Bazelon reviews M.T. Anderson's The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation: Volume I: The Pox Party for Slate.
Her conclusion? "The intricate and windy 18th-century prose should suffice to ensure that any 12- or 16-year-old who reads this book is a 12- or 16-year-old who really, really wanted to. The adult raves aside, I wonder how many of them there are. Pox Party bears all the worthy marks of a book that makes adults swoon and kids roll their eyes."
She didn't like it.
Now I know a lot of you kidlit bloggers really loved Octavian Nothing. How would you respond? Are teens reading this one?