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The Hunchback Assignments 1: The Hunchback Assignments
The Hunchback Assignments Series Book #1 of 4
Author: Arthur Slade

Book Info

Published on January 1, 2009
Age Group: 12 - 17 years
Reading Level: AR: 4.8 (9.0 Points, Quiz #132854)
Lexile® measure: HL680L

In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old Modo, a shape-changing hunchback, becomes a secret agent for the Permanent Association, which strives to protect the world from the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild.

Excerpt/First Sentence(s):
The large carriage rattled with grotesqueries - bones of cats and pigs strung up as wind chimes, bleached bear skulls dangling from wires, and three shrunken monkey heads mounted on posts.

Inside Front Flap:
A true wretch of a creature crouched in the cage.... On the bottom of the cage a plaque read L'ENFANT DU MONSTRE.

Modo's life begins in a traveling freak show. After being rescued as an infant by the mysterious gentleman Mr. Socrates, Modo is raised in seclusion and trained as a first-class secret agent for the Permanent Association. When he's fourteen, he arrives in London and is soon investigating the mysterious disappearances of several street children. In his sleuthing, Modo relies on his ability to shape-shift, which allows him to traverse the rooftops of London with ease.

He learns that the Clockwork Guild has set in motion a malicious plot against the governement, just as an evil scientist is creating a monstrous army of altered children to further the goals of the Guild.

The Permanent Association races to protect the empire. Modo teams up with another young agent, Octavia Milkweed, for an assignment that takes them from the Tower of London to a terrifying world deep beneath the city.

In this first book in a dark and gripping series, award-winning author Arthur Slade combines elements of Steampunk and a fantastic Victorian setting with incredible inventions and intrigue.

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