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Fantasy, Mystery

March – Catherine Jinks – A very peculiar plague (Book 2 City of Orphans series).

Having read Book 1 – A very unusual pursuit but being somewhat ambivalent about it (6 months on), I decided to re-acquaint myself with Jem, Birdie and Alfred Bunce as they seek to clear London of child eating monsters (bogles). A mix of fantasy, mystery and action – A very peculiar plague, seemed to provide more excitement, interest and less predictability than the first story with the reason for the plague of child eating monsters being somewhat unexpected. I also found myself wondering about what lies beneath the streets of London and thinking about so many of the other London mysteries I have read/watched. It is more suited to a Year 6-7 audience than older students (given that the main character is 11). I look forward to the next instalment.



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I am a secondary English/History teacher (BA DipEd, MA (Education) and a Teacher Librarian (MEd). I LOVE to research and through this site aim to -Support the introduction of the Australian Curriculum (especially in History) through sourcing quality and varied internet based sources (research guides) - Support teachers through conducting education based literature reviews - Provide suggestions on useful Web 2.0 tools - Offer other services such as curriculum writing, library collection assessment, novel recommendations (see my blog


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