Article Title

How to Catch a Bogle


Tessa McMillan


Excellent, Intermediate, Catherine Jinks, Sarah Watts, Monsters, Supernatural, Apprentices, Orphans, London

Document Type

Book Review


Ten-year-old Birdie McAdam is in a dangerous apprenticeship working to destroy London’s bogles. These child-eating demons hide out in various places waiting to pounce on any unsuspecting juvenile victim. The bogler, Alfred Bunce, and Birdie have steady employment since it’s such a rare profession. Soon their work catches the attention of Miss Edith Eames, an educated woman who thinks there are more scientific approaches to killing bogles than using young Birdie as bait. One bogling job tests all their limits when extortionist leader, Sarah Pickles, hires Alfred and Birdie to eliminate a bogle inside a home where several of Sarah’s young thieves have disappeared. They destroy the bogle, but the home’s owner, Dr. Morton, has captured the bogle for his own dark purposes. Later, Dr. Morton kidnaps Birdie to force Alfred into entrapping another bogle. With the help of Miss Eames, Birdie is saved and Dr. Morton is arrested for his murderous actions.