ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy Paris train station, where his survival depends on secrets and anonymity. But when his world suddenly interlocks with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a toy booth in the station, 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, tender, and spellbinding mystery.
In this most unusual and intriguing children's novel, Brian Selznick, a winner of the 2008 Caldecott Medal, has created an adventure set in Paris in the 1930s that combines complex, film-like illustrations and artwork with writing. Twelve-year-old Hugo Cabret, orphaned and living in a Métro station, is a mechanical genius and a gifted thief. Unable to support himself, he ends up working for his friend Isabelle's godfather in a toy store, where he delves into the mystery of an astounding film maker, Georges Melies. A 2007 National Book Award finalist in the Young People's Literature category, as well as a 2007 New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and both a 2007 Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Book.
- Juvenile Fiction
- Family / Orphans + Foster Homes, General, Science + Technology, Transportation / Railroads + Trains, Historical / Europe, Mysteries + Detective Stories
- 9-12 years
- May 1, 2007
- May 1, 2007
- Brian Selznick
- Jeff Woodman (Narrator)