I read this a little while ago, however it made quite an impression on me.
Modo is ‘rescued’ from a freak show, only to be trained in complete isolation by the mysterious Mr Socrates. Modo has very special talents. He is deformed, with a hunchback and hideous features, but he is also able to rearrange his appearance, not just his face, but his whole body for ever increasing periods of time, making him an almost perfect undercover agent!
An endearing mix of fierce loyalty, modesty, agility and naivety, Modo is let loose on the streets of London to fend for himself, until Mr Socrates feels he has proved himself, and gives him his first ‘assignment’.
There are strange things happening on the streets of London. Orphans are disappearing, noble men’s sons are killing their fathers and then themselves, the prince has gone missing and an evil scientist is experimenting on animals and people, turning them into mechanical super beings…
A bit slow to start, but once Octavia Milkweed steps into the picture, the pace steps up too and a right rollicking tale ensues. Thoroughly enjoyable!! Modo is one of those genuinely sweet characters that you can’t help but cheer on!