Invention of Hugo Cabret

Brian Selznick

Invention of Hugo Cabret
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Invention of Hugo Cabret

Brian Selznick

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.


This intriguing story of Hugo Cabret – an orphan and timekeeper secretly living within the walls of a busy Paris train station – is a mystery in many ways. Children will love the book’s unusual story with its dramatic illustrations, yet the novel’s form – a combination of story, wordless picture book and silent movie – defies description. You must both see it and read it. It’s a very strange and wonderful book of a strange yet wonderful story.

Highly recommended for boys and girls ages 9+.

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