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The Invention of Hugo Cabret
The Invention of Hugo Cabret
by Brian Selznick
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Character Role Analysis

Hugo and Isabelle

Hugo and Isabelle may just seem like two kids who don’t really like each other (at first, at least), but they have a lot of similarities that bring them together. For starters, they’re both adventure seekers and thieves. Hugo steals the things he needs, and Isabelle sneaks into movie theaters and takes her godmother’s key necklace. Their sneaky little habits make them ideal cohorts when it comes to all their troublemaking, and we have a feeling that they’ll be causing a ruckus together for many years to come.

Plus, neither Hugo nor Isabelle have parents. They’re orphaned, but that doesn’t mean that they sit around and mope all day. They’re both smart kids with unique and quirky interests, and they’re not going to let a sad past get them down and stop them from doing anything.


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