By Houghton Mifflin

Reviewed for Third Grade, 2013

How to Catch a Bogle

Birdie is good at what she does. Fierce as fire and stubborn as steel, nothing can faze this bogler’s apprentice. Then, all of a sudden Birdie’s world is turned upside down with the arrival of the sinister Mr. Morton, but all is not lost—if Birdie can outsmart a bogle, she can handle anything that comes her way. With a fast-moving plot and well-developed characters, this historical fantasy is a good time with a bite. It’s hard for anyone not to love Birdie, a strong and clever female protagonist with an admirable independent streak. Kids will enjoy learning a little London slang from the Victorian era. They’ll also revel in the suspense, and the supernatural slant will captivate curious minds of all ages.  (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $13.53)