How to Catch a Bogle

Catherine Jinks, Author, Sarah Watts, Illustrator
Catherine Jinks, illus. by Sarah Watts. Harcourt, $16.99 (320p) ISBN 978-0-544-08708-8
Reviewed on: 06/24/2013
Release date: 09/03/2013
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Orphan Birdie McAdam, age 10, is apprenticed to Alfred the Bogler, who uses Birdie’s angelic singing voice to lure monsters out of their hiding spots in sewer pipes or fire grates, then kills them with Finn MacCool’s spear before they can kill Birdie. As risky as that sounds, Birdie loves her job, and she feels threatened when Miss Eames, an academic studying English folklore, starts accompanying Alfred and Birdie on their rounds and points out that Birdie’s occupation makes other Dickensian-era job opportunities for children seem positively wholesome by comparison. This is top-notch storytelling from Jinks (the Evil Genius series), full of wit, a colorful cast of rogues, and delectable slang. The tension-fueled plot moves forward on two tracks as Birdie and Alfred face increasingly perilous confrontations with a variety of monsters, and Miss Eames makes Birdie an irresistible offer—music lessons and a place in her comfortable home instead of near-certain death. What will loyal Birdie do? Prepare to wait to find out—this installment is the first in a projected trilogy. Ages 9–12. Author’s agent: Jill Grinberg, Jill Grinberg Literary Management. Illustrator’s agent: Abigail Samoun, Red Fox Literary. (Sept.)
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