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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Reviews By You - A Very Unusual Pursuit (City of Orphans #1) by Catherine Jinks (Reviewed by Kasey)

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

 A very unusual pursuit (City of Orphans #1) by Catherine Jinks
In London, Birdie McAdam works for Alfred Bunce, a bogler. As a bogler, it is Birdie’s job to lure bogles (monsters) out of their homes or hiding places. Once out of their homes or hiding places, it’s Alfred’s job to kill them. But one day a woman by the name of Edith Eames approaches them. Soon after, Birdie’s life is turned upside down. Birdie must decide whether to fight for the life she is used to or agree to a new one.
My favourite part of the story is when Birdie escapes from London House (a mad house) and saves her friends from dying.
In this book the main characters are Birdie McAdam and Alfred Bunce. It’s mainly about Birdie but Alfred is in most of the book. My favourite character is Birdie because she is the most interesting and unique character.
I really liked this book because it’s really interesting and there are lots of surprises you don’t expect. I really felt for Birdie, especially when she’s in the mad house. This story is really interesting and different all the way through.
I would recommend this book to people who like a little bit of mystery mixed in with monsters and characters who like and sneak around a bit.

Reviewed by Kasey (12 years old)

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