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The Hunchback Assignments

Saskatchewan Book Awards (Fiction, Saskatoon Book Award) - Finalist

Booklist's Top of the List for 2009 (Audio for Youth Category) - Selection

Resource Links' List of Year's Best Books of 2009 (Best Fiction, Grades 7 - 12) - Selection

CLA Book of the Year for Children Award - Finalist

CLA Young Adult Book Award - Finalist

OLA Best Bets (Top 10 Canadian Teen Fiction) - Honourable Mention

Arthur Ellis Award (Juvenile Category) - Shortlisted

Forest of Reading- Silver Birch - Shortlisted

IODE Violet Downey Book Award - Shortlisted

Manitoba Young Readers Choice Award (MYRCA) - Shortlisted

Saskatchewan Book Awards (Young Adult Literature Award) - Shortlisted

Snow Willow Award - Shortlisted

Sunburst Awards (Young Adult Fiction) - Shortlisted

TD Canadian Children's Literature Award (Most Distinguished Children's Book in English) - Winner

Best Books for Kids & Teens - Winner (Starred Selection)

ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults list (for books published in 2010) - Selection

About the Book

There are rumors that a hunchback infant in a gypsy freakshow has the power to transform his appearance. This comes to the attention of Mr. Socrates, a member of the shadowy Permanent Association, who decides to take the boy back to England and raise him for his own purposes. Naming him Modo, Mr. Socrates keeps the boy indoors and never lets him see his deformity, while putting him through training to be a secret agent. When Modo turns 14, his education is complete. He is handed a mirror and confronts his image for the first time, horrified. Then, he is taken to foggy, polluted London and abandoned, penniless, to test his skills.

But Modo is resourceful, and he finds a way to get by, keeping to himself… until one day, when the beautiful Octavia Milkweed knocks on his door. soon, with the help of Mr. Socrates, they find themselves uncovering a sinister plot being carried out in the very sewers beneath their feet. Will they be able to stop the mad scientist Dr. Hyde and his even more terrifying associates before they unleash their monstrous plans upon unsuspecting Londoners?

The start of a fantastic series, in the hot new genre of steampunk, The Hunchback Assignments takes readers into the sewers and alleyways of an alternative Victorian London, in an unputdownable adventure.

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Critical Praise

"My review could end here and now with one word, brilliant. Arthur Slade comes up with some absolutely amazing plots and this book tops them all. A compelling read, that kept me turning the pages almost faster than I could read them. Modo is a wonderful character, one whom the reader bonds with instantly and feels compassion for, making him a superb hero. Octavia is a strong, yet feminine female hero and the two make for a dynamic pairing.

Slade's writing is as strong as ever. The book contains some quite disturbing scenes which made for a scary read at times but at others the humour is high which gives this quite dark story an even balance of light moments. I loved everything about this book and could simply gush over it. 5/5 Rating."
--Back to Books Blog (Nicola Manning) () —

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781554683543
  • ISBN 10: 1554683548
  • Imprint: Harper Trophy Canada
  • On Sale: 08/28/2009
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price: 18.99 CAD

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