The Hunchback Assignments
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... show more
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.
Publish date: 2009-09-22
Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books
Pages no: 288
Edition language: English
Set in the 1800s in England, the story starts off with Dr. Hyde working on his latest formula. It has rather gruesome side effects. Meanwhile, Mr. Socrates is looking for the unusual and he finds it in a very young boy named Modo who can, to some extent, change his appearance. Skipping ahead several...
Read by Tiffany: Well written, the adventure rolls along quickly and easy to follow. Some parts very much 'boys-own-adventure', some parts steampunk fun. Complex enough that there is plenty to develop as the series goes on, interesting characters that intrigue the reader, mysteries to be solved. Qu...
This book started off as a fantastically woven tale of mystery,steam punk, and fantasy. The middle of the book jumped ahead to fast for me. His first mentioned assignment turning out to be for Mr. Socrates just started pushing all of the wrong buttons. In the end the giant robot powered by children'...
YA (more middle school and up) Steampunk adventure. I give it 4.5 stars.Loved it. So much fun. Modo (abandoned near Notre Dame) has a disfigured face and hunchback, but also has the power to shapeshift. As a baby, Mr. Socrates buys him from a traveling freak show and raises him, training him to be a...