Adventure, Suspense, Heart Pounding thought provoking…
“When Mr. Socrates, a member of the shadowy Permanent Association, hears of a hunchbacked infant with the ability to transform his appearance…naming him Modo…raises…in isolation, training him to become a secret agent.” Soon he meets the beautiful agent Octavia Milkweed and together they help Mr. Socrates “stop the mad scientist Dr. Hyde before he unleashes his monstrous plans upon unsuspecting Londoners” staged during the Victorian era of the 1800s.
This adventurous, intriguing, “action packed adventure”, suspenseful, heart pounding, non-fictional story evoked mixed emotions in the readers from horror to sympathy to anticipation to anger; however, the common theme is they were “hooked”!
This book is geared towards grades 4 and up but it was discussed that the teacher would need to be aware of the students’ abilities and personality to get the most out of the novel because of the length, content, vocabulary, and reading level.
The unique characters really brought out the story in the book and allowed the readers to connect with them in various ways through Slade’s emotionally impacting and revealing introduction of each character in the beginning. Author Arthur Slade did an excellent “job maintaining suspense” that the reader had a hard time putting the book down and encouraged further reading of the series.
Chapter 33 was the most intriguing chapter for me because of the underlying message the reader would receive during Modo’s intellectually strategic technique to save the children and stop the Clockwork Guilt’s evil plan. Modo’s gift and actions in the storyline was so thought provoking that it allowed the reader to look within to look at their beliefs and interpret, from their perceptive, what moral message they would receive from the story. It was interesting how each of us received the same similar overall message of how feeling understood, validated, and worthy can allow us to see our inner power and strength. In addition, to helping us to believe in our self, trusting our inner voice to get us through anything; however, upon further reflection, we also received additional messages based on our experiences, morals, and beliefs like love yourself; let go of anger it only harms self and permits others to control us; and how courage and inspiration can go along way. In addition, I liked how one of the readers said to value your inner power and “positive thinking and finding that one person in life you can listen to and get strength from” helps us all. This is a very powerful message for young people to understand because a youth’s life can be so confusing sometimes. It was very interesting reading different points of views about what lesson(s) were embedded in Modo’s strategy to save the children.
This novel was a pleasure for the readers and a great resource for the classroom; in addition to the great resources via website like book reviews, study guide, videos, and more. Overall, we can all agree this is an excellent and fun read!