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The Dark Deeps

by (author) Arthur Slade

Initial publish date
May 2010
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2010
    List Price
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2011
    List Price

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While searching for the cause behind the sinking of several ships, Modo and Octavia sail to the exact coordinates of the attacks. Is it a sea monster? Or something else? They aren't alone in their pursuit: the beautiful and mysterious French agent Colette has been researching this phenomenon for some time.

Upon reaching the site, Modo and Octavia's ship is rammed, and Modo is plunged into the icy sea... and disappears from sight. As he faces certain death, Modo is saved by a most unlikely underwater rescuer and discovers the mechanical truth behind the attacks. But the Clockwork Guild closes in. How will he get back to the surface?

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About the author

The first volume in ARTHUR SLADE’s Hunchback Assignments series won the prestigious TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award, and the second volume, The Dark Deeps, was a finalist for the Canadian Library Association Book of the Year for Children Award and the CLA Young Adult Book Award. Slade is also the author of Dust, a national bestseller and the winner of the 2001 Governor General’s Award for Children’s Literature, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award and the Saskatchewan Book Award for Children’s Literature. His other books include Tribes, Megiddo’s Shadow, Jolted, Monsterology, Villainology and the Canadian Chills series. He lives in Saskatoon. Visit him online at

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Librarian Reviews

The Dark Deeps: The Hunchback Assignments II

In this second instalment of the Hunchback Assignments, Modo and Octavia are searching for the cause of the sinking of several ships. When their ship gets hit, Modo is thrown overboard and saved by an unlikely underwater rescuer. Not alone in his pursuit for the truth, Modo meets a beautiful and mysterious French agent. But with the Clockwork Guild closing in, how he will get back to the surface?

Source: The Canadian Children’s Book Centre. Best Books for Kids & Teens. 2011.

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