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A Very Unusual Pursuit: #1 City of Orphans

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Published: February 2013
For Ages: Upper Primary, Lower Secondary
Retail Price: $14.99
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Published: 04-Feb-2013
Format: Paperback, 360 pages, 198x130mm
ISBN: 9781743313060
Stock Code: 3313060
Product Description
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.

Australian Curriculum Correlation:
  • Imaginary or fantasy texts; heroes
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