Allen & Unwin, 2014
Book Three in the ‘City of Orphans’ series
Allen & Unwin
Other books in the ‘City of Orphans’ series
A Very Unusual Pursuit | A Very Peculiar Plague
Twelve-year-old Ned Roach used to scavenge for scraps along the Thames riverbank. But the recent plague of child-eating bogles in London means that he’s now working as an apprentice to Alfred Bunce, the bogler. Alongside Jem Barbary and (sometimes) Birdie McAdam, Ned must lure bogles out of their lairs so that Alfred can kill them. And this means spending a lot of time in the city’s murky underground waterways – especially when Alfred is hired by the London Sewers Office to stamp out a deadly infestation. But times are changing. As magic and folklore give way to the machine age, Alfred begins to face an uncertain future – while Ned and his friends find themselves threatened by an enemy from their past who’s even more dangerous than the bogles.
This title is also available in North America as ‘The Last Bogler’ (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt).
Fans of ‘How to Catch a Bogle’ and ‘A Plague of Bogles’ will appreciate Jinks’s accessible prose, colorful with Victorian slang; her inventive, briskly paced plot and the gloom and charm of this trilogy-ender’s quasi-Victorian setting.
The Horn Book
Catherine Jinks has delivered a graceful finish to her trilogy of spunky Victorian novels … Ned is a great addition to the ranks of bogle hunters … Fans of the earlier books in the trilogy will enjoy this tight and inventive conclusion.
San Diego Book Review
Jinks has planted themes and ideas throughout her series on the relationship of folk belief to the modern world, and here she allows these concepts free reign … But make no mistake: thoughtfulness never gets in the way of a rousing adventure, and the conclusion of this trilogy will satisfy thrillseekers and armchair philosophers alike.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Fans of this richly atmospheric adventure trilogy, which began with the riveting How to Catch a Bogle, won’t want to miss the final volume.
The final book of the trilogy contains everything that made the first two so appealing: finely drawn characters and engaging action sequences all set in the richly described Victorian setting.
School Library Journal