Allen & Unwin, 2013
Book Two in the ‘City of Orphans’ series
Eleven-year-old Jem Barbary spent his early life picking pockets for a canny old crook named Sarah Pickles. Now she’s betrayed him, and Jem wants revenge. He also wants to work for Alfred Bunce the bogler, who kills the child-eating monsters that lurk in the city’s cellars and sewers. But Alfred is keen to give up bogling, since he almost lost his last apprentice, Birdie McAdam. When numerous children start disappearing around Newgate Prison, Alfred and Jem do join forces, waging an underground war. They even seek help from Birdie, dragging her away from the safe and comfortable home she’s found with Miss Edith Eames. Together they learn that there’s only one thing more terrifying than facing a whole plague of bogles – and that’s facing some of the sinister people from Jem’s past . . .
This title is also available in North America as ‘A Plague of Bogles’ (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Jinks reprises her previous bogle-ish title with lots of action and an undercurrent of sly humor, supplying return readers with all the gory monster-vanquishing they have come to expect. Best of all, she lays the groundwork for a further entry … Sounds like another winner in the works.
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
There is a feeling of being transported into the scenes on the page due to Catherine Jinks’ superb prose and undeniable skill with words.
Kids’ Book Review