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The Hunchback Assignments: The Hunchback Assignments Series, Book 1
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A gripping new series combines Steampunk, spying, and a fantastic Victorian London.

The mysterious Mr. Socrates rescues Modo, a child in a traveling freak show. Modo is a hunchback with an amazing ability to transform his appearance, and Mr. Socrates raises him in isolation as an agent for the Permanent Association, a spy agency behind Brittania's efforts to rule the empire. At 14, Modo is left on the streets of London to fend for himself. When he encounters Octavia Milkweed, another Association agent, the two uncover a plot by the Clockword Guild behind the murders of important men. Furthermore, a mad scientist is turning orphan children into automatons to further the goals of the Guild. Modo and Octavia journey deep into the tunnels under London and discover a terrifying plot against the British government. It's up to them to save their country.

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Arthur Slade. (2009). The Hunchback Assignments: The Hunchback Assignments Series, Book 1. Random House Children's Books.

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A gripping new series combines Steampunk, spying, and a fantastic Victorian London.

The mysterious Mr. Socrates rescues Modo, a child in a traveling freak show. Modo is a hunchback with an amazing ability to transform his appearance, and Mr. Socrates raises him in isolation as an agent for the Permanent Association, a spy agency behind Brittania's efforts to rule the empire. At 14, Modo is left on the streets of London to fend for himself. When he encounters Octavia Milkweed, another Association agent, the two uncover a plot by the Clockword Guild behind the murders of important men. Furthermore, a mad scientist is turning orphan children into automatons to further the goals of the Guild. Modo and Octavia journey deep into the tunnels under London and discover a terrifying plot against the British government. It's up to them to save their country.

From the Hardcover edition.
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        September 14, 2009
        Calling to mind elements of The Hunchback of Notre Dame
        , The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
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        , Slade (Jolted: Newton Starker's Rules for Survival
        ) presents a thrilling tale of an unusual and talented young man caught between two idealistic, ruthless organizations. Fourteen-year-old hunchback Modo has been raised from infancy by Mr. Socrates to use his shape-shifting abilities in service to the Permanent Association, secretive defenders of the status quo in Slade's steampunk Victorian England. Opposing the Permanent Association is the Clockwork Guild, whose hubristic ambitions are untempered by mercy or decency. Together with fellow agent Octavia Milkweed, Modo must discover why the guild is kidnapping and brainwashing—or worse—children and the scions of the upper class. Although Modo is too innocent to truly understand his situation, Slade makes it clear that Mr. Socrates' exploitation of the teenage agents undermines their effectiveness and mirrors the willingness of the guild to treat people as tools. With its self-loathing hero and exploration of themes of identity and self, the novel is more than the straightforward adventure it may appear. Ages 12–up.

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        Gr 6-10-What do you get when you combine elements of Robert Louis Stevenson's "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", Victor Hugo's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame", and Alan Moore's "League of Extraordinary Gentlemen"? You get this exciting steampunk adventure. And though Slade borrows from the classics, the story is original and a fun read. Modo, a young hunchback, is rescued from a traveling freak show by the mysterious Victorian Englishman, Mr. Socrates. He is raised in isolation and trained to master his extraordinary physical powers, which include the ability to alter his deformed features and take on any appearance. When he's 13, Mr. Socrates presses him into service on behalf of the Permanent Association, a secret group dedicated to protecting Great Britain, and the teen is plunged headfirst into a race to prevent the government's destruction. Modo, an innocent who is often shocked by the vulgarities of street life, is paired with fellow agent Octavia Milkweed, a rescued urchin whose street smarts complement his immense physical talents. She is at once a partner, a foil, and a possible love interest. The protagonists are likable, the villains are chilling, and the story is action packed. Forays into the raw effluence of London's sewer system provide just enough "ick" factor. And, Slade gets the Victorian setting just right."Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA"

        Copyright 2009 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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        Grades 7-10 Slades steampunk adventure weaves shapeshifting, anarchist politics, and the social and scientific realities of Victorian England into a cohesive and compelling whole. Modo, a foundling hunchback, has been trained carefully from infancy to take his place in the ranks of the secret pro-Royalist Permanent Association. Modo is a sympathetic protagonist who proves himself, even at the tender age of 13, to be a good match for the evil Clockwork Guild, who imprison orphans and royalty alike as literal cogs in their machinery of destruction. Modos cohorts include retrained juvenile pickpocket Octavia, Cockney Oppie, and the shadowy Tharpa, who trains Modo in martial arts. Readers may find some scenes reminiscent of Philip Pullmans Sally Lockhart books or Eleanor Updales Montmorency mysteries, though the addition of a fantasy element sets this apart from those purely historical tales. Like them, though, a solid story line and well-crafted writing make for a pleasing and evocative adventure.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2009, American Library Association.)

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From the Hardcover edition.
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