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An orphan and a thief, twelve-year-old Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, keeping his existence secret just to stay alive. He desperately believes a broken automaton will make his dreams come true. But when – like the cogs of the clocks he keeps – his world interlocks with an eccentric girl and her bitter old grandfather, Hugo’s undercover life, and his most precious secret, are put in jeopardy. A cryptic drawing, a treasured notebook, a stolen key, a mechanical man, and a hidden message from Hugo’s dead father form the backbone of this intricate and spellbinding mystery. Told in words and dramatic black-and-white pictures, it is a cinematic tour-de-force from a born storyteller.
October 1st, 2007
Lexiles are the global standard in reading assessment. They are unique as
they are able to measure a child and a book on the same scale – ensuring
the right book gets to the right child at the right time.
For more details see What is a lexile?.
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