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Grades 4 - 8Grades 3 - 8W5.125083
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.
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Published on July 1, 2007 by Findaway World
ISBN-10: 1602521123
ISBN-13: 9781602521124
349 Book Reviews
  • simemixysebawa
    simemixysebawaalmost 4 years55 stars
    This book is fantastic.It teaches you about living on your own, and having to fend for your self for survival.I bet you will love this book.
    • samzl
      samzlalmost 4 years
      The details of the drawings make it realistic. The way he describes the story makes me feel like watching a movie.
      • sanchita123
        sanchita123about 4 years11 star
        I did not like this book at all. I started to read it because I had heard good things about it, but it was so boring i struggled to finish it. It was very slow paced and hard to understand. I would not recommend this book to anybody.
        • 30057
          30057about 4 years44 stars
          I want to read this book because it seems really interesting. I watched the movie and it was so good. It was about this boy that is an orphan that lives on a clock tower. The movie is awesome so I am looking forward into reading the book.
          • demosthenes
            demosthenesabout 4 years55 stars
            Brilliantly Brian Selznick tells the plot of an interesting boy through his(Brain's) illustrations. This is a thick novel, but don't let that intimidate you! About 80 % of the story is told in pictures. not just any pictures, but beautifully drawn masterpieces! Brain Selznick has an amazing talent in his art and showing the emotion inside of it. this story is about a boy named Hugo who works in a clocktower. he is a theif and a brat but by the end of the story he understands what it means to care for others and be forgiving. WONDERFUL novel that i urge you all to read.
            • georgiasilver
              georgiasilverabout 4 years55 stars
              Very enlightening and entertaining, this bittersweet and illustrative book shows the side of a young boy and his travels. A very memorable and enriching story.
              • cobrazeus10
                cobrazeus10about 4 years22 stars
                I liked the story a lot, but I thought that it was missing a lot to the story. There were to many pictures as well. It was simple too short and didn't give me time to really enjoy the book.
                • bobelly
                  bobellyabout 4 years55 stars
                  I read it quickly because it had a lot of pictures but I thought it was cool how the pictures helped to tell the story. I thought the illustrations were very good and the story was exciting. I liked how he fixed the machine after it was in the fire in the museum.
                  • s_mcmasters
                    s_mcmastersabout 4 years55 stars
                    I loved reading The Invention of Hugo Cabret a 12 year old orphan, clock keeper, and thief. He has been keeping the clocks turning in the walls of a busy Paris train station. Hugo depends on secrecy to survive, until he interlocks with a mysterious toy seller and his goddaughter.
                    • m_mcmasters
                      m_mcmastersabout 4 years55 stars
                      I loved this fun and adventurous story. Hugo a 12 year old orphan, clock keeper, and thief has been keeping the clocks running in the walls of a busy Paris train station. His survival depends on secrecy, until he interlocks with a mysterious Toy Seller and his Goddaughter.