Catherine Jinks is a four-time winner of the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year award, and has also won a Victorian Premier’s Literature Award, the Adelaide Festival Award for Literature, the Ena Noel Award for Children’s Literature and an Aurealis Award for Science Fiction. In 2001 she was presented with a Centenary Medal for her contribution to Australian Children’s Literature.
The City of Orphans Series is a truly brilliant read. Described by critics as as possessing Dickensian qualities, this series is part adventure, part sci-fi. Engagingly written, with wry humor and enjoyable characters, the City of Orphans Series is available now at Newcastle libraries. The final two books - A Very Peculiar Plague and A Very Singular Guild are also available as e-books.
Twelve-year-old Ned Roach used to scavenge for scraps along the Thames riverbank. But the recent plague of child-eating bogles in London means that he’s now working as an apprentice to Alfred Bunce, the bogler. Alongside Jem Barbary and (sometimes) Birdie McAdam, Ned must lure bogles out of their lairs so that Alfred can kill them. And this means spending a lot of time in the city’s murky underground waterways – especially when Alfred is hired by the London Sewers Office to stamp out a deadly infestation. But times are changing. As magic and folklore give way to the machine age, Alfred begins to face an uncertain future – while Ned and his friends find themselves threatened by an enemy from their past who’s even more dangerous than the bogles.