Although it's 551 pages long, this book just flies for the reader - over half of the pages are illustrations. It's a combination book, movie, graphic novel.... Try it out on those boys who think they can't read a "BIG" book. Hugo is an orphan who lives within the walls of a train station. His daily routine includes maintaining the correct time on the many station clocks. It also includes stealing to survive, and it also includes a secret. Hugo has a plan to solve a dark mystery that just might lead him to the truth about his father. That plan involves an automaton. But who has the "key" to this strange being? Winner of the 2008 Caldecott Award.
551 pages 978-0439813785 Ages 9-12
Keywords: Caldecott Medal winner 2008, mystery, graphic novel/hybrid, orphan, 9 year old, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com
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.---from the publisher