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How to Catch a Bogle

By Barbara Schultz, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Thrilling fantasy blends Dickensian charm, great suspense.

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HOW TO CATCH A BOGLE, the first installment in Catherine Jinks' trilogy, hits all the right notes. The central characters of Birdie and Alfred are beautifully rendered as complex, intelligent, caring and brave. There's also a colorful cast of pickpockets, wealthy do-gooders, and evil villains -- all threatened by the terrifying Bogles lurking in dark places.

How to Catch a Bogle is wonderful both as a thrilling fantasy and a charming period piece, and it's all the better because of the way these strong elements are combined. This is a novel that can make fantasy lovers out of historical fiction fans, and vice versa. Sarah Watts's charming black-and-white drawings introduce each chapter; each relates to the plot, but none is violent or frightening.

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