''The Hunchback Assignments'' are a series of books by Canadian children's and young adult author [[http://arthurslade.com/frontpage/ Arthur Slade]]. Initially set in VictorianLondon, the books are young-adult {{Steampunk}} spy thrillers, complete with MadLibThrillerTitle, and starring Modo, the titular teenaged hunchback of the title.

Modo, a [[TheGrotesque deformed hunchback]], is a baby in gypsy caravan. He is discovered by Mr. Socrates, a highly-placed British intelligence operative, and raised to be one of Socrates' agents. In addition to teaching him tradecraft, martial arts and a well-rounded classification, Modo's training unlocks his innate shapeshifting ability.

Books in the series so far include:

* ''The Hunchback Assignments'' (2009)
* ''The Dark Deeps'' (2010)
* ''Empire of Ruins'' (2011)
* ''Island of Doom'' (2012)
!!Tropes appearing in this series include:

* ActionGirl - Captain Monturiol, with Miss Hakkandottir as DarkActionGirl. Octavia and Colette [[InformedAttribute supposedly have combat training]], but neither has really displayed any skill thus far.
* CoolBoat - The ''Ictineo'', but also the wooden submarine ''Filomena''.
* CursedWithAwesome - Modo was born with a monstrous physical deformity, but with effort and study can twist his physical features to appear as just about anyone (to date he's only appeared as other men).
* GodGuise - [[spoiler: Modo is mistaken for the God Face by the Rain People ]]
* GovernmentAgencyOfFiction - The Permanent Association, a top secret cabal of highly-placed Britons dedicated to the preservation of the British Empire.
* TheGrotesque - Modo.
* NebulousEvilOrganisation - The Clockwork Guild: beyond being a bunch of unethical MadScientist types with an army of {{Mooks}} and a handful of elite operatives at their command, all that's been revealed so far is their intention to destroy the British Empire.
* {{Steampunk}} - Including zeppelins, a ''Nautilus''-esque submarine and underwater city, cybernetic limbs, cyborg ''dogs'', and much more taken from the Verne and Wells toybox.
* WellIntentionedExtremist - Monturiol, a CaptainErsatz for [[Literature/TwentyThousandLeaguesUnderTheSea Verne's Nemo]], is presented this way, crippling or sinking ships that threaten her egalitarian undersea paradise of Icaria.