The Invention of Hugo Cabret

Author(s): Brian Selznick

Middle Readers 7-12 years

Caldecott Honor artist Brian Selznick's lavishly illustrated debut novel is a cinematic tour de force not to be missed   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.


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Winner of Caldecott Medal 2008. Shortlisted for United States National Book Awards: Young People's Literature 2007 and Independent Booksellers' Book of the Year Award: Children's Book of the Year 2008.

In addition to The Invention of Hugo Cabret, Brian Selznick is the illustrator of the Caldecott Honor winner, The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins, and The New York Times Best Illustrated Walt Whitman: Words for America, both by Barbara Kerley, as well as the Sibert Honor Winner When Marian Sang, by Pam Munoz Ryan, and numerous other celebrated picture books and novels. Brian has also worked as a set designer and a puppeteer. When he isn't traveling to promote his work all over the world, he lives in San Diego, California, and Brooklyn, New York.

General Fields

  • : 9780439813785
  • : Scholastic, Incorporated
  • : Scholastic, Incorporated
  • : 1.20202
  • : July 2006
  • : 204mm X 146mm X 55mm
  • : United States
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Brian Selznick
  • : Hardback
  • : 0704
  • : Brian Selznick
  • : English
  • : 813.54
  • : very good
  • : 2006007119
  • : 544
  • : illustrations