How to Catch a Bogle

by Catherine Jinks and Sarah Watts

Are bogles eating the missing children of Old London? Birdie McAdams aims to find out.

  • Format: Paperback
  • ISBN-13/EAN: 9780544336278
  • ISBN-10: 0544336275
  • Pages: 336
  • Publication Date: 12/02/2014
  • Carton Quantity: 24

About the book

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 (see glossary!). Or so it seems—until the orphans of London start to disappear . . .

About the author
Catherine Jinks

Catherine Jinks grew up in Papua New Guinea and now resides in New South Wales, Australia. She is a three-time winner of the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year award and has received the Centenary Medal for her contribution to Australian children's literature. Her popular works for young readers include the Evil Genius series, The Reformed Vampire Support Group, and the trilogy that began with How to Catch a Bogle. Visit her website at


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

Kirkus, starred review

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

Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The first in a projected trilogy, 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."

The Horn Book Magazine