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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,464 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Arthur Slade Narrator: Jayne Entwistle Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Hunchback Assignments Series Release Date: September 2009 ISBN: 9780739380215
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A gripping series that 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, who are 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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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Christina G | 2/15/2014

    " Steamed punk adventure novel for kids! It was alright. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 2/12/2014

    " An inventive tale with many interesting aspects, but the overall "this is what the bad guys are planning" plot is kind of confusing and disappointing. Good cast of characters, though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sydney23 | 1/31/2014

    " This is an excelent book. It has very interesting characters and settings. I will DEFINITELY read the sequel! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gabriel | 1/9/2014

    " This was genius! Modo, a deformed boy with shape-shifting powers, is trained to be a elite spy in the mansion of Mr. Socrates. After training for fourteen years and never being let out of three rooms for his entire life, he is thrown into the dirty streets and alleys of London. After meeting Miss Milkweed, he must stop the evil Dr. Hyde before he unleashes his sinister plans all over london. This book is an elegantly woven peice of art and history blended into a thrilling novel. (It was almost as good as 'Jolted', a book by the same author) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kris | 1/7/2014

    " This is really more of a 3.5 stars, but it was entertaining. Felt a bit like an HG Wells book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lyndsay | 1/2/2014

    " Great read! Love the characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Prasidha | 1/2/2014

    " A really good book, shows how someone with an ugly face, can change the world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Priyanka | 12/31/2013

    " all i can say is this book is fricken awesome. i love how its a mystery but it also includes another story, one of the main character and all his struggles with his face. its exiting and sad and sweet and it makes the reader think about all different aspects of society and how its not perfect because we're always judging everyone around us. anyways... i really lovved reading this book i couldnt even put it down untill i was done! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brooklyn Young | 12/30/2013

    " a little bit frightening. it has a kind of steampunk-frankenstein feel, and it wasn't always pleasant. but a very interesting story and plot. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elsie | 12/9/2013

    " Clever, concise, and a cool concept. A recommended read. Combine steampunk, fantasy, and just a hint of romance. Interesting plot--curious to see where the adventure leads next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 10/17/2013

    " That was...disturbing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla A | 5/24/2013

    " Better than expected I have always been curious about this series. Good to recommend to anyone who liked the Leviathan trilogy but not quite as excellent. Will definitely move on to book 2. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Howard | 1/3/2013

    " Fun! That's the best way to describe Slade's swashbuckling novel. There's fun to be had for all, but younger readers will especially enjoy reading the adventures of Modo, a teenage covert operative working in 1870's London. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin | 12/11/2012

    " Modo is a hunchback with an amazing ability...he can transform his looks to appear to be someone different. He travels across the tops of London to help stop a plot to control the government. This is the beginning of what could be a great series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janette | 7/22/2012

    " Steam punk for a younger YA audience "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tanya | 7/19/2012

    " Good adventure, Modo is a character you can really wrap your mind around. Looking forward to reading the next one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carol Owen | 4/21/2012

    " A Dorothy Canfield Fisher Award Nominee for Vermont. I can see these will likely be a series, but I just had a hard time getting into the characters and getting a good feel for the era. Kids might like them though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Redwallcrazy- My God is Healer, Awesome in Power! | 11/5/2011

    " I enjoyed it, I enjoyed it a lot. Some parts were really hard to read through, and he did a really good job of keeping it intense. It was a fun read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ann | 5/31/2011

    " In a nutshell, the hunchback of Notre Dame vs. Doctor Hyde. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michele | 4/12/2011

    " It seems wrong to say that I enjoy Modo's plight, but I seem to have a soft spot for scarred heroes. An enjoyable 2nd novel in the Hunchback Assignments. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kindle-aholic | 2/27/2011

    " 3.5 stars

    Still have a lot of fun reading it.

    This time Modo meets a French spy and gets on a submarine commanded by a group that is trying to build a utopia under the sea. Lots of nods to 20K Leagues.

    It was over a bit too quickly for me. I wanted a bit more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison | 1/28/2011

    " The first book was much better
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 1/18/2011

    " This is the 2nd vol. of the Hunchback Assignments and continues the story of the 2 teenage spies- Modo & Octavia- with overtones of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea. Fascinating... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 11/2/2010

    " I didn't read the first in the series so that might have helped me enjoy the story more. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jenn | 9/11/2010

    " Loved the spooky underwater nature of this instalment. Modo is much more sympathetic, and it was lovely to see just how much everyone else has come to be fond of our hunchback-y little friend. A great read! "

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About the Author
Author Arthur Slade

Arthur Slade has published several novels for young readers, including Jolted: Newton Starker’s Rules for Survival, Megiddo’s Shadow, Tribes, and Dust, which won the Governor General’s Literary Award for Children’s Literature. He lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, with his wife.

About the Narrator

Jayne Entwistle is an award-winning audiobook narrator. She has won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards for her outstanding performance for the Flavia de Luce series.