How to Catch a Bogle by Catherine Jinks

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For all its grime, Jinks’s world is rich, and if her Victorian English starts out a little twee (“I ain’t afeared o’ bogles, Miss Meggs”), it soon grows some muscle.
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If ever a chill entered her soul, or the hope suddenly drained from her heart, she knew a bogle was to blame.

Birdie McAdam, a ten-year-old orphan, is tougher than she looks. She's proud of her job as apprentice to Alfred the Bogler, a man who catches monsters for a living. Birdie lures the bogles out of their lairs with her sweet songs, and Alfred kills them before they kill her. On the mean streets of Victorian England, hunting bogles is actually less dangerous work than mudlarking for scraps along the vile river Thames. (See glossary!) Or so it seems—until the orphans of London start to disappear . . .

 

About Catherine Jinks

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CATHERINE JINKS was born in Brisbane, Australia in 1963. She grew up in Papua New Guinea and later spent four years studying medieval history at the University of Sydney. After working for several years in a bank, she married a Canadian journalist and lived for a short time in Nova Scotia, Canada. She is now a full-time writer, residing in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales with her husband Peter and their daughter Hannah.Catherine is a three-time winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year award, and has also won a Victorian Premier's Literature Award, the Ena Noel Award for Children's Literature, and an Aurealis Award for Science Fiction. In 2001 she was presented with a Centenary Medal for her contribution to Australian Children's Literature. www.catherinejinks.com
 
Published September 3, 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 320 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, History, Travel. Fiction
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NY Times

Above average
Reviewed by Christine Kenneally on Sep 13 2013

For all its grime, Jinks’s world is rich, and if her Victorian English starts out a little twee (“I ain’t afeared o’ bogles, Miss Meggs”), it soon grows some muscle.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Jun 24 2013

This is top-notch storytelling from Jinks (the Evil Genius series), full of wit, a colorful cast of rogues, and delectable slang.

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