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1930. The Hunchback Assignments

By 1929. Arthur Slade

Published September 22, 2009
by Wendy Lamb Books

Cover description:
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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See Also
1929. Arthur Slade
1931. The Dark Deeps
1932. Empire of Ruins
2381. Island of Doom

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