Joseph is very bright and intelligent because he doesn't mind extra academics . When he has extra time he reads. One day in the hallway mrs. Holloway , Joseph’s English teacher walks up and asks, “ I’d like to know what you think of The Astonishing Life Of Octavian Nothing. “ She realizes how much he reads and wants to encourage his reading. The adults around him always give him challenges because they see how smart he is and wants to challenge him even more .