Synopses & Reviews
Now that the Axis Institute for World Domination has been blown up; the founder, Dr. Phineas Darkkon, has died; and Prosper English (who enrolled Cadel in the first place) is in jail for myriad offenses, Cadel Piggott has round-the-clock surveillance so he'll be safe until he testifies against Prosper English. But nobody seems to want Cadel. Not Fiona, his social worker; not Saul Greeniaus, the detective assigned to protect him. and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; When he is approached by the head of Genius Squad--a group formed to investigate GenoME, one of Darkkon's pet projects--Cadel is dubious Genius Squad can offer him a real home and all the technology his heart desires. But why can't he bring himself to tell Saul what the group is really up to? And how can Genius Squad protect Cadel once Prosper English breaks out of jail?
"The darkly atmosphweric setting creates a convincing backdrop for the frightening action scenes and flavorful period dialogue."
"The darkly atmospheric setting creates a convincing backdrop for the frightening action scenes and flavorful period dialogue."
"Well paced and with details and dialogue that transport readers to the streets (and sewers) of Victorian London, there is much to enjoy in this excellent adventure series."
—School Library Journal
"With a linear narrative, plenty of action and dialogue, and an ample smattering of colorful Victorian street language, this is a speedy, characterful yarn."
—Horn Book Magazine
"Jinks reprises her previous bogle-ish title with lots of action and an undercurrent of sly humor, supplying return readers with all the gory monster-vanquishing they have come to expect...Sounds like another winner in the works."
"Jinks'and#160;well-thought-out environs and rational characters help ground this otherwise out-of-control interstellar thriller."--Booklist
and#8220;'Life is a force that cannot be tamed,'and#8221; observes Cheney, and readers will likely spend a long timeand#8212;after their heart rates have gone back to normaland#8212;reflecting on just how true that is."--Bookpage
"Gleeful "Alien"-esque action adventure...Packed with thrills, this deserves equally over-the-top CGI. In a wordand#8212;AWESOME."--Kirkus
"Jinks (The Reformed Vampire Support Group) remains adept at action sequences and creating a pervasively tense environment...With plenty of gruesome creatures (and demises) that owe a thing or two to films like Aliens, this is science fiction for horror fans."--Publishers Weeklyand#160;
"Readers who loved Evil Genius will find this sequel as gripping, devilish and wonderfully dark as its predecessor. What made that first book so good was the authorand#8217;s delivery of a complex, layered protagonist in the young Cadel Piggot and the world of criminal masterminds in which he lives and learns, a world he eventually destroys. From these ashes rises another imaginative and just slightly less villainous cast of characters, the Genius Squad of the title, to tempt Cadeland#8217;s vulnerable conscience." (starred review)
"Computer prodigy Cadeland#8217;s belief that heand#8217;s escaped the clutches of his nemesis/supposed father Prosper English proves sadly mistaken in this pulse-pounding sequel to Evil Genius (2007). . . . Cadel makes an uncommonly memorable protagonist."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"Cyber-espionage takes both front seats in this conclusion to the outstanding Genius series....the climax is taut, absorbing and tantalizingly ambiguous."and#160; and#8212;Kirkus,
"Full-throttled plot....will command the attention of even non-techie readers until Jinks's final plot twists wind to a close." and#8212;Horn Book
The adventures continue for the young assistants to the best monster catcher in Victorian London! In this thrilling companion to How to Catch a Bogle, Jem becomes a boglers apprentice and gets the fright of his life in a city where science clashes with superstition and monsters lurk in every alley.
This is top-notch storytelling, full of wit, a colorful cast of rogues, and delectable slang. Publishers Weekly, starred review of How to Catch a Bogle
Jem Barbary spent most of his early life picking pockets for a wily old crook named Sarah Pickles until she betrayed him. Now Jem wants revenge, but first he needs a new job. Luckily Alfred the bogler, the man who kills the child-eating monsters thathide in the shadows of Victorian London, needs a new apprentice. As more and more orphans disappear under mysterious circumstances, Alfred, Jem, and Birdie find themselves waging an underground war in a city where science clashes with superstition and monsters lurk in every alley. "
“This is top-notch storytelling, full of wit, a colorful cast of rogues, and delectable slang.” —Publishers Weekly
, starred review of How to Catch a Bogle
Jem Barbary spent most of his early life picking pockets for a wily old crook named Sarah Pickles—until she betrayed him. Now Jem wants revenge, but first he needs a new job. Luckily Alfred the bogler, the man who kills the child-eating monsters that hide in the shadows of Victorian London, needs a new apprentice. As more and more orphans disappear under mysterious circumstances, Alfred, Jem, and Birdie find themselves waging an underground war in a city where science clashes with superstition and monsters lurk in every alley.
A gripping sci-fiand#160;thriller about a spaceshipand#160;that transforms into a living organismand#160; and then begins to turn on the human crew as if they are parasites.and#160;
What happens when a single moment changes everything? For seventeen-year-old Cheney, life on earth exists only in history books. He and more than one thousand other people have known life only aboard the Plexus spacecraft: self-contained, systematic, and serene. But that was before the radiation wave.
Now Plexus has suddenly turned on them, becoming a terrifying and unrecognizable force. As the crew dwindles under attack, Cheney and his friends need to fight back before the ship thatand#8217;s nurtured them for so long becomes responsible for their destruction.
Once Cadel was going to take over the world. Now he's stuck in foster care.
The third installment in Catherine Jinks' hugely popular GENIUS series
Boy-genius Cadel Piggot has a new name (Cadel Greenaius), a new family, andand#160;a new life. No more illegal hacking, no more false identities, and most of all,and#160;no more Prosper English. But when his best friend Sonja is attacked, it's up to him to figure out who was behind it. Before he knows it, Cadel is crossing oceans and continents, barrelling back into the depths of the criminal activity he thought he'dand#160;left behind, and coming face to face with Prosper English once again. Can Cadel track down Prosper before it's too late? And what rules will he have to break in the process?
Jem Barbary spent most of his early life picking pockets for a wily old crook named Sarah Pickles—until she betrayed him. Now Jem wants revenge, but first he needs a way to earn his living. He’d like to work for the bogler Alfred Bunce, who kills the child-eating monsters that lurk in the cellars and sewers of old London. But Alfred has wanted to give up bogling ever since he almost lost his last apprentice, Birdie McAdam.As more and more children disappear under mysterious circumstances, though, Alfred, Jem, and Birdie find themselves waging an underground war. Soon they discover that there’s only one thing more terrifying than facing a whole plague of bogles: facing the sinister people from Jem’s past . . .
About the Author
Catherine Jinks grew up in Papua New Guinea and later spent four years studying medieval history at the University of Sydney. She is now a full-time writer, residing in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales with her husband and their daughter. Catherine is a three-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 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.