The Hunchback Assignments
By Arthur G. Slade
Wendy Lamb Books, 2009. 278 pgs. Young Adult
Modo, a hunchback, is rescued as a child from a traveling freak show by a mysterious man, Mr. Socrates. Mr. Socrates wants Modo for his unique ability to be able to transform his disfigured body into any human shape he wants for a period of time, making him a perfect spy for the Permanent Association. Raised in isolation and trained daily in the arts of spying, Modo is then released out onto the streets of Victorian London at the age of fourteen to prove if he can survive on his own.
I enjoyed the author’s usage of classic characters and look forward to where he will pull from in his next installment in this series. This is a great book to start with if you have never read anything in the steampunk genre.