A Plague of Bogles (How to Catch a Bogle, Book 2) by Catherine Jinks

By Catherine Jinks

“This is top-notch storytelling, jam-packed with wit, a colourful forged of rogues, and delectable slang.” —Publishers Weekly, starred evaluate of the way to trap a Bogle

Jem Barbary spent so much of his formative years identifying wallet for a wily outdated criminal named Sarah Pickles—until she betrayed him. Now Jem desires revenge, yet first he wishes a brand new task. fortunately Alfred the bogler, the fellow who kills the child-eating monsters that conceal within the shadows of Victorian London, wishes a brand new apprentice. As an increasing number of orphans disappear lower than mysterious situations, Alfred, Jem, and Birdie locate themselves waging an underground struggle in a urban the place technological know-how clashes with superstition and monsters lurk in each alley.

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Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight saga (2005–), on the other hand, draws on the tradition of Gothic vampire stories, but updated for a teenage readership, continuing in the vein of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Other notable writers include Theresa Breslin, Gillian Cross, Michael Morpurgo, Jacqueline Wilson, Tom Pow, Keith Gray, Benjamin Zephaniah and Meg Rosoff. There is a continuance of associations between childhood and healing of the family, social groups, and the environment that stems back to Romantic notions of childhood innocence but, on the other hand, there are greater challenges and uncertainties facing the child protagonists that cannot be easily resolved with happy endings.

Instances like the Swing Riots in the 1820s or the famous Massacre at Peterloo in 1819 all led the British Government of the day to be very alert to lower-class radical movements and the threat that they might pose to the British establishment. Arguably, the lower-class child, unlike the cherub-like privileged child, had to be instilled with innocence 39 CHILDREN’S LITERATURE IN CONTEXT or, if you like, their childhood identity had to be created through discourse. Thus, While Wordsworth was extremely vocal in his support of fairy tales, he was careful to recommend religious tracts for the children of the poor.

In 1971, eight out of ten children aged 7 to 8 could go to school alone; by 1991, this had decreased to less than one in ten. In 1982, Neil Postman’s The Disappearance of Childhood regarded the dominance of new media and visual culture over printed books as a sign that children were becoming levelled with adults, insofar as they can give an instant response rather than have to learn words. If ‘learning to read was a difficult task’, then ‘the visual media required no such prolonged training: everyone, immediately could make some response to a picture’ (discussed in Cunningham 2006: 229).

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