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Mission Clockwork: Gefahr für das britische Empire (original 2009; edition 2011)

by Arthur Slade, Eva Plorin (Übersetzer)

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Title:Mission Clockwork: Gefahr für das britische Empire
Authors:Arthur Slade
Other authors:Eva Plorin (Übersetzer)
Info:Thienemann Verlag (2011), Gebundene Ausgabe, 350 pages
Collections:Your library, To read, Fiction

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The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade (2009)


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Modo was born malformed and misshapen but also with a very unique and marvelous gift. After being saved from the life of the traveling freak show by the mysterious Mr. Socrates, Modo is trained to be an agent for the Permanent Association.
When Modo stumbles upon an organization planning to attack the British Parliament, he teams up with fellow agent, Octavia Milkweed, to take them down before it is too late.
I was expecting more. I'm not sure exactly what, but more. However, given the grade level of this novel, I am not too surprised that I was a little let down. It is, after all, a middle grade novel.
That said, this book was an easy read. I liked that Modo resembled the Modo from the Disney film. I was surprised by the other characters I met in this book, mainly Dr. Hyde and Mr. Socrates, and found it interesting that they weren't like the characters I remember from their own stories.
I did not like that this book was both its own story but at the same time still the classic story in many ways, at least what I remember of it, it has been a while since I have read the classical version. All in all, it was a decent, middle grade novel and I would recommend it to middle grade aged readers. I am, at this point, unsure if I will continue to read this series. ( )
  Stephergiggles | Feb 14, 2016 |
One word: flat. No wait, I have lots more words. Dreary. Miserable. Highlights the worst of humanity while providing us with a completely unimaginative story arc. When I got to the climax of the action I couldn't possibly believe that that was all it was - I had guessed as much a hundred pages ago. Maybe this would appeal to a certain age of young boy, but I was just not feeling it. I would have abandoned it, but it was barely over 200 pages, so I slogged through it. Felt like 500 pages by the end. I will not continue with the series. ( )
  chessakat | Feb 5, 2016 |
In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old Modo, a shape-changing hunchback, becomes a secret agent for the Permanent Association, which strives to protect the world from the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild.
  lkmuir | Dec 9, 2015 |
Yes, but Kindle.
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
4Q 5P

14-year-old Modo is an orphan with a disfigured face and a deformed shoulder, found near Notre Dame. When the mysterious Mr. Socrates discovers Modo's ability to alter his own appearance temporarily, he takes Modo under his wing and trains him in the art of espionage. For Modo, who knows that he'll always be judged by his hideous face, Mr. Socrates is the closest thing he has to a father. Therefore, when Mr. Socrates sends him on a secret mission to investigate an anarchist group that kidnaps orphaned children, Modo leaps at the opportunity to show him that his investment was worthwhile.

Modo's inner conflict of having to wrestle with his ugliness combined with his outer conflict of having to fight the anarchists led to a well-balanced read. Modo was an understandable protagonist, and it was unique to read about a character whose natural state is ugly. It breaks standard conventions.

Another effective trait was that the science aspect was well-thought-out and believable; mostly steam-powered weaponry.

The only faults of this book are that some characters speak in difficult-to-understand cockney accents and the obvious literature references in the characters' names (e.g. Modo - Quasimodo, Dr. Cornelius Hyde - Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde, etc.) get annoying after a while. Despite these minor complaints, this book is ideal for the steampunk fan and the reader looking for an introduction to steampunk fiction. ( )
  NigeltheKid | Jun 8, 2014 |
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Slade ensures that the fanciful elements never overwhelm the story through his careful handling of the gallant Modo and the canny Octavia, another young ward drafted into action. Modo’s unusual predicament is handled with aplomb, and children will empathize with his role as an outsider who craves acceptance, even as they revel in an outlandish plot that ends with a promise of further tales of danger.
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When Mr. Socrates, a member of the shadowy Permanent Association, hears of a hunchbacked infant with the ability to transform his appearance, he decides to take him in. Naming him Modo, he raises the boy in isolation, training him to become a secret agent. Then, when Modo turns fourteen, his education is complete. He is transported to the streets of downtown London and abandoned, penniless, to try to survive.
But Modo is resourceful, and he finds a way to get by, keeping to himself...until one day, when the beautiful Octavia Milkweed knocks on his door. Soon, with the help of Mr. Socrates, they find themselves uncovering a sinister plot being carried out in the very sewers beneath their feet. Will they be able to stop the mad scientist Dr. hyde before he unleashes his monstrous plans upon unsuspecting Londoners?
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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.

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In Victorian London, fourteen-year-old Modo, a shape-changing hunchback, becomes a secret agent for the Permanent Association, which strives to protect the world from the evil machinations of the Clockwork Guild.

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