Living in the walls of a busy Paris train station in 1931, clock keeper and orphan Hugo Cabret must constantly work to keep his secrets safe, but when an inquisitive girl and an old man who owns a toy store begin probing, he must do all he can to keep them at a safe distance.
ORPHAN, CLOCK KEEPER, AND THIEF, twelve-year-old 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 girl and the owner of a small toy booth in the train 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 all come together...in "The Invention of Hugo Cabret".
An innovative novel, this blends elements of picture book, graphic novel and film to create a spell-binding mystery set in the streets of Paris. An orphan and a thief, Hugo lives in the walls of a busy train station, and desperately believes a broken automaton will make his dreams come true. When his world collides with an eccentric girl and a bitter old man, his undercover life and most precious secret are put in jeopardy. With 284 b/w drawings, it has huge crossover appeal. Ages: 8-12yrs.