A Plague Of Bogles by Catherine Jinks


Jem Barbary spent most of his early life picking pockets for a wily old crook named Sarah Pickles—until she betrayed him. Now Jem wants revenge, but first he needs a new job. Luckily Alfred the bogler, the man who kills the child-eating monsters that hide in the shadows of Victorian London, needs a new apprentice. As more and more orphans disappear under mysterious circumstances, Alfred, Jem, and Birdie find themselves waging an underground war in a city where science clashes with superstition and monsters lurk in every alley.


This is a fun Middle Grade (MG) read of life on the street, and these young people, Jem, and Birdie, make there way by searching out bogles.  This book (or listen in my case) reminded me a bit of the Bloody Jack series.  Told in a strong accent that is fun and I think would engage young listeners, A Plaque of Bogles would be excellent for a family road trip.



  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7
  • Listening Length: 7 hours and 17 minutes
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Listening Library
  • Audible.com Release Date: January 6, 2015


4 thoughts on “A Plague Of Bogles by Catherine Jinks

  1. I could’ve sworn I commented on this post, but I don’t see it! lol Anyway, in reading your description, I thought of the Pullman series (of which I own, but haven’t read), ’cause don’t orphans or kids disappear? And the “underground” part made me think of GREGOR THE OVERLANDER. This sounds like a book that would be appealing in audio, actually. Love the cover! Nice review, Betty 🙂

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