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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Catherine Jinks Narrator: Mandy Williams Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2014 ISBN: 9780804167796
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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 … or so it seems—until the orphans of London start to disappear.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “For all its grime, Jinks’ world is rich…There is ugliness here, but there’s power, too; it’s a taste of life without an adult to look after you, and perhaps for adults, it’s a chance to urge their children down a quiet alley, where the air palls, the shadows twitch, and an odd black smoke has only just this moment begun to bubble up from a dark hole—but in a good way.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “This is top-notch storytelling from Jinks, full of wit, a colorful cast of rogues, and delectable slang.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Catching monsters is serious business, and Alfred is the best bogler there is. With his apprentice, Birdie, there’s no bogle they can’t vanquish. Mandy Williams confers a gruff, businesslike tone on Alfred while Birdie’s delightful singing voice will capture listeners as strongly as it does the bogles she’s attempting to lure…Williams’ performance sparkles as she deftly portrays the myriad characters, and their various London accents, with enthusiasm.”


  • “[A] pitch-perfect narrative…This intense historical thriller is rewarding.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Jinks opens her projected trilogy in high style, offering a period melodrama replete with colorful characters, narrow squeaks, and explosions of ectoplasmic goo.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • “This book treats readers to a lively, engaging story with an endearing protagonist at its center.”

    School Library Journal

  • “This quasi-Victorian, somewhat Gothic fantasy is a satisfying confection.”

    Horn Book

  • Nominated for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Children's Title (Ages 8–12)
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About the Author
Author Catherine JinksCATHERINE 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.
About the Narrator

Mandy Williams is an audiobook narrator whose readings include Entwined by Heather Dixon, Seraphina by Rachel Hartman, and Small Acts of Amazing Courage by Gloria Whelan.