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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

By Brian Selznick   

Scholastic Inc | ISBN 9780439813785 Hardcover
544 Pages | 6" x 8.5" | Ages 9 to 12

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 - like the gears of the clocks he keeps - with an eccentric, bookish girl and a bitter old man who runs a 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 from Hugo's dead father form the backbone of this intricate, tender, and spellbinding mystery.

With more than three hundred pages of original drawings, and combining elements of picture book, graphic novel, and film, Brian Selznick breaks open the novel form to create an entirely new reading experience. Here is a stunning, cinematic tour de force from a boldly innovative storyteller, artist, and bookmaker.

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Praise for The Invention of Hugo Cabret

2008 Randolph Caldecott Medal
National Book Award Finalist
#1 New York Times Bestseller
USA Today Bestseller
#1 BookSense Bestseller
New York Times Best Illustrated Book of 2007
Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2007
Kirkus Best Book of 2007
New York Public Library Best Book for Reading and Sharing
American Library Association Notable Children's Book
American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults
2007 Quill Award Winner

* "A true masterpiece." - Publishers Weekly, starred review
* "Fade to black and cue the applause!" - Kirkus Reviews, starred review
* "Complete genius." - The Horn Book Magazine, starred review
* "Breathtaking." - School Library Journal, starred review
* "An original and creative integration of art and text." - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
* "It's wonderful. Take that overused word literally: Hugo Cabret evokes wonder." - New York Times Book Review
* "A fast-paced treat for tweens." - People magazine
* "Captivating." - Los Angeles Times Book Review
* "If your kid loves the J.K. Rowling series, then he's bound to enjoy The Invention of Hugo Cabret..." - Good Housekeeping magazine