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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Book Review: The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade

The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade
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The Hunchback Assignments
by Arthur Slade

Wendy Lamb Books
ISBN-10: 0-385-73784-X
ISBN-13: 978-0-385-73784-5
Publication Date: September, 2009
List Price: $15.99

Review: Would you want to have fascinating morphing powers like being able to change your whole body into someone totally different than yourself? Well, in this book there is something exactly like that. The book I read is called The Hunchback Assignments written by Arthur Slade. The main characters of this story are, Mr.Socrates, the leader of a spy team and very mysterious, Modo and Octavia Milkweed who are the two young and skilled spies, Tharpa, the person who takes care of Modo and teaches him fighting and surviving, and finally, Dr. Hyde (Cornelius Hyde) a mad scientist and the villain of the story.

Modo is born as a hunchback and is disfigured. He has a very talented and special gift of morphing into someone totally different then himself. When he was a baby, Mr. Socrates adopted him and as he grew up he got taught all these things a normal child wouldn’t learn. One day Mr. Socrates told him he would be doing two different assignments, looking at his own face and going outside. Since Modo is disfigured, Mr. Socrates gives him a mask to wear at all times. He then goes to London, where he is forced to fend for himself, using only what Tharpa has taught him. After learning how to survive on his own for awhile, he is stumped by yet another challenge, stopping Dr. Hyde the mad scientist and saving the world. Will he save it, or will the mad scientist destroy everything? Read the rest of the story to find out.

The Hunchback Assignments is a fantastic book. It put me at the edge of my seat. The story has a lot of interesting characters especially Modo who is very sly. My favorite part of the story is when Modo and Octavia were at the underground lab where the robot generated by the children, was getting built, and how Modo transformed into someone else and got himself and Octavia out of the underground lab. One thing was for sure, the story was one of the most detailed and action-packed stories that I have read in my life, for example when Tharpa and Modo were fighting with bamboo swords. Also, the fight between the robot and Modo was very thrilling. I really liked The Hunchback Assignments it was extraordinary. I look forward to reading a sequel of this book. Hopefully there will be one. I would also like to read any other books by Arthur Slade especially the award winning “Dust.”

Review written by Karan (6th grade student).

We would like to thank Random House for providing a copy of The Hunchback Assignments for this review.

Have you read The Hunchback Assignments? How would you rate it?


  1. I'm always looking for new character-driven books, and this sounds like a good one. Especially if it is an "edge of your seat" kind of book! Thanks for the detailed review.

  2. I can't wait to get a copy of this book, you explained it so well I was on the edge of my seat just reading your review. Though I have never read a book by Arthur Slade he sounds like a captivating writer that sends the reader into the story, and makes you want to keep reading. This was an extraordinary review, well done!

  3. I've read this book and it's absolutely wonderful! Modo is a very unique and interesting character, and he can only hold his transformed shape for a short time so that adds to the tension!