Monday, March 4, 2013

The Hunchback Assignments, by Arthur Slade

Very engrossing book with with a main character that tugs on your heartstrings. While designed for juvenile readers, the story is deep and thrilling enough for adults to enjoy.

Modo and Octavia were both characters you could empathize with and want to know better. However, I really wanted to dropkick Modo's guardian for his absolute lack of anything resembling parenting skills. He raised an operative at the expense of Modo's self-esteem.

Steampunk, secret societies, spies, a mad scientist, the royal family, and a disaster that could wreck England's government. What more could you ask for in a book?

Reviewed by Amy Poe, First Regional Library

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