Hunchback by Randall Wright

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"You!" shouted a voice from near the willow tree. "Stop!"

Hodge heard the jangle of a horse's bridle. He spun about the other way, but a dark shape jumped out of the shadows and knocked him to the ground. Light flashed into his face as a lantern was uncovered.

"A spy," hissed the figure. "A stinkin' spy."

A glorious adventure of castles, kings, traitors-and one humble hunchback who has to save them all

Long ago, Castle Marlby rang with the comings and goings of kings and princes. Now the castle is a quiet, sleepy place where everyone seems to have forgotten those golden days. Everyone but Hodge, that is. Though his hunched back earns him the unlovely job of mucking out the latrine, he dreams of serving a prince someday. But when one finally appears, he is nothing like Hodge expected.

Prince Leo is kept hidden away behind locked doors, as if he were in terrible danger. Or is he himself the dangerous one? When Hodge discovers the truth, he tumbles headlong into an adventure that proves far more exciting than he could ever have imagined. It will take all his strength to survive-and all his heart.


About Randall Wright

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Randall Wright loves tales by the fireside, mouth-watering feasts, and musty old books. The author of A Hundred Days from Home, he currently lives with his wife and children in a small castle in the kingdom of Utah. To his regret, his castle has no moat or towers, or even stone walls, as they would tend to annoy his neighbors.
Published April 1, 2004 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 256 pages
Genres: Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Hodge slowly becomes involved Prince Leo’s daily life, fiercely loyal despite older brother Fleet’s warnings.

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Hodge, the titular 13-year-old hero of Wright's (A Hundred Days from Home ) often intriguing medieval coming-of-age tale, spends his days doing the most disgusting work around Castle Marlby, cleaning the muck and welcomed only by his brother, always yearning to serve a prince or king.

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