The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

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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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About Arthur Slade

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Arthur Slade is the author of five novels for young adults. Dust is his second novel to appear in the U.S. The author lives in Saskatoon, Canada.
Published September 9, 2009 by Wendy Lamb Books. 290 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Young Adult, Travel, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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His mysterious benefactor serves England, but it is Modo and lovely fellow “agent” Octavia whose adventures save the day from mad Dr. Hyde’s inventions and the plotting of the Clockwork Guild.

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10 & up)" Volume two of Slade's steampunk series starts with a shipwreck, the lone survivor of which is raised by the evil Clockwork Guild and transformed into Modo's perfect nemesis: The one doesn't dare show his true face, and the other has been r...

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There is a young hero and heroine, but much violence against children, especially poor children who are kidnapped and turned surgically into machines and robots.

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Curled Up With a Good Kid's Book

Modo has spent the last four years isolated behind the great walls of Ravenscroft.

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