The Hunchback Assignments
Modo has spent his entire life training to become a secret agent. He is now 14 years old and his training is complete, so he's transported to the streets of London. There, he uncovers a sinister plot and he must stop the mad scientist behind it before it's too late.
The Hunchback Assignments won the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award in 2010.
The large carriage rattled with grotesqueries — bones of cats and pigs strung up as wind chimes, bleached bear skulls dangling from wires, and three shrunken monkey heads mounted on posts. Their glass eyes stared out at the approaching winter. Bells that hung from reins tinkled, warning away wandering spirits. Four horses pulled the carriage, hip bones protruding from their bedraggled flesh, hides scarred by thousands of whippings. Huddled behind them in a thick, worn coat and muffler was a grizzled old man.
From The Hunchback Assignments by Arthur Slade ©2009. Published by HarperCollins.