Author: Jinks, Catherine
Ned Roach becomes a bogler's apprentice as Victorian London seeks to banish its bogle infestation once and for all in this conclusion to the trilogy featuring young assistants to Victorian London's best monster catcher, Alfred Bunce.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.60
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 178922
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 5.30
Points: 14.0 Quiz: 67899
Kirkus Reviews (09/15/15)
School Library Journal (10/01/15)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/02/16)
The Hornbook (00/01/16)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 10/01/2015 Gr 4–6—Having discovered the cause of the infestation in A Plague of Bogles (HMH, 2015), the newly formed Committee for the Regulation of Subterranean Anomalies has plenty of work as they work to rid London of the monsters that lurk in dark places and eat children. Alfred Bunce, the seasoned bogler, and his apprentices are instrumental to the cause, but both Birdie McAdam's and Jem Barbary's futures seem to be heading in other directions, and now Ned Roach is the only apprentice left. Though observant and clever, Ned lacks confidence. Alfred thinks the boy is a natural, and while Ned doesn't really want a future as a bogler, he feels indebted to the older man for giving him a home. While shadows from the past pose additional dangers, the very future of bogling is uncertain. 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. With superb pacing, the story propels readers right along with Ned, but at its heart is Alfred Bunce, the gruff, stalwart bogler who seeks to put an end to bogles even if that means he will be out of a job. VERDICT A highly satisfying conclusion to this wonderfully crafted fantasy series.—Amanda Raklovits, Champaign Public Library, IL - Copyright 2015 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.
Booklist - 11/15/2015 Working as an apprentice to Alfred the bogler was always a risky business, acting as bait for child-eating monsters lurking in and below buildings in Victorian London. Now that a government agency has hired Alfred to rid London of its bogles, Ned finds himself in a particularly dangerous position. Unwanted publicity brings unexpected consequences, and events begin to spiral out of control. Meanwhile, the grand scheme to flush the bogles from the sewers seems likely to backfire. Ned, who will do anything for Alfred (though in his heart he does not aspire to be a bogler), is a well-drawn, sympathetic character. Birdie and Jem, the young protagonists from the earlier two books have minor roles here as well. Jinks offers an exciting, large-scale bogle-hunting scene, provides a bittersweet ending to the series, and lets readers know why boglers are no longer needed today. Fans of this richly atmospheric adventure trilogy, which began with the riveting How to Catch a Bogle (2013), won’t want to miss the final volume. - Copyright 2015 Booklist.