Author(s): Catherine Jinks
Monsters have been infesting London's dark places for centuries, eating every child who gets too close. That's why ten-year-old Birdie McAdam works for Alfred Bunce, the bogler. With her beautiful voice and dainty looks, Birdie is the bait that draws bogles from their lairs so that Alfred can kill them. One life-changing day, Alfred and Birdie are approached by two very different women. Sarah Pickles runs a local gang of pickpockets, three of whom have disappeared. Edith Eames is an educated lady who's studying the mythical beasts of English folklore. Both of them threaten the only life Birdie's ever known. But Birdie soon realises she needs Miss Eames's help to save her master, defeat Sarah Pickles, and vanquish an altogether nastier villain. Catherine Jinks, one of Australia's most inventive writers, has created a fast-paced and enthralling adventure story with edge-of-your-seat excitement and chills.
Winner of Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature: National Children's Literature Award 2014 and Children's Book Council of Australia Awards: Book of the Year - Young Readers 2014. Shortlisted for Norma K. Hemming Award 2014 and NSW Premier's Literary Award Patricia Wrightson Prize 2014.
Catherine Jinks is the author of the Evil Genius series and The Paradise Trap. She has also written two wonderfully satirical novels for young adults - The Reformed Vampire Support Group and The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group.