Pagan's Vows

Pagan's Vows

Catherine Jinks

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Young Adult

"Jinks again displays an amazing knack for blending utterly convincing period detail, earthy wisecracking, and profound respect for courtly and spiritual ideals."--BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS Having renounced the sword, Pagan and Lord Roland arrive at the Abbey of St. Martin to devote their lives to God. But no sooner are they outfitted in their novices' habits than Pagan suspects that something mysterious is going on: someone is stealing alms, and Pagan is determined to find out who. The truth may come at a price, however -- one that could force Pagan to reconsider his pious role and his dedication to Roland. Now available in paperback, the third adventure of the four-book Pagan Chronicles is a medieval thriller that leads the reader through a web of mystery and intrigue in the most unlikely of places.
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Pagan's Daughter

Pagan's Daughter

Catherine Jinks

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Young Adult

The award-winning Pagan Chronicles are international bestsellers. And the action-packed epic continues with the adventures of Babylonne - as feisty, funny and irresistible as her famous father. 'The quality and pace of Jinks's writing is flawless . . . a triumph.'- Sydney Morning Herald 'We've forbidden her to speak. We've stuffed her mouth with tow. We've shaved off her hair, once or twice. We've even locked her in that chest over there. And she remains incorrigible. She's eaten up with sin, Holy Father, I don't know what to do with her any more.' At sixteen, Babylonne is desperate. She's been starved and beaten, she's endured six bloody sieges, and now her aunt wants her to marry a crazy old man who thinks he's a giant olive. Can she trust the mysterious priest who's been spying on her, claiming to be a friend of her father's? Or would it be better to fight - and perhaps die - in the long, vicious war with the French? Catherine Jinks's award-winning Pagan series are international bestsellers. Now her action-packed epic continues with Book Five of the Pagan Chronicles - Pagan's daughter, Babylonne, is as feisty, funny and irresistible as her famous father. 'Full of the richly-textured, high-smelling, highly individualistic atmosphere of the Middle Ages, Catherine Jinks's Pagan series offers unforgettable characters in an extraordinary setting and time, presented in crisp, pungent prose.' -- Sophie Masson.
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The Reformed Vampire Support Group

The Reformed Vampire Support Group

Catherine Jinks

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Young Adult

Think vampires are romantic, sexy, and powerful? Think again. Vampires are dead. And unless they want to end up staked, they have to give up fanging people, admit their addiction, join a support group, and reform themselves. Nina Harrison, fanged at fifteen and still living with her mother, hates the Reformed Vampire Support Group meetings every Tuesday night. Even if she does appreciate Dave, who was in a punk band when he was alive, nothing exciting ever happens. That is, until one of group members is mysteriously destroyed by a silver bullet. With Nina (determined to prove that vamps aren't useless or weak) and Dave (secretly in love with Nina) at the helm, the misfit vampires soon band together to track down the hunter, save a werewolf, and keep the world safe from the likes of themselves. The perfect anecdote to slick vampire novels, this murder-mystery comedy of errors will thrill fans of Evil Genius.
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Spinning Around

Spinning Around

Catherine Jinks

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Young Adult

Hello? I think there's been some mistake. The life I ordered was the one with the gorgeous, helpful husband, the two well-mannered, angelic children, and the self-cleaning dream house. Here's what was delivered: Matt, the sort-of soul mate with great stories and sketchy domestic skills; Emily, a sweet little girl who could get carsick on a tricycle; weirdly sensitive toddler Jonah; and a home perpetually coated in grit produced by the renovation from hell. I'm pretty sure I didn't sign on for this. But is it wrong to wax nostalgic for a time when I actually used my suede brush on suede? When sex was a priority instead of a luxury? There is a return policy, right? I'm sure there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for why Matt was seen (by my best friend, in broad daylight) cuddling up to Girl With Purple Hair. And I'll find out what it is, just as soon as I have the nerve to confront him. Until then, I'll take refuge in work, mothering, and the somewhat flirtatious attentions of the P.I. I hired to follow my husband around.
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The Gentleman's Garden

The Gentleman's Garden

Catherine Jinks

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Young Adult

Set in colonial Australia, this romantic novel explores love, hardship, and the strength of the human spirit. Dorothea Brande leaves the quiet harmony of her English home to accompany her soldier husband to rough-and-tumble Sydney in 1814. To soften the harshness of their life there, she begins cultivating an English garden with the help of her convict manservant, Daniel. Together, in the creation of this garden, Dorothea and Daniel find a new strength and a special kind of refuge, both in the garden and with each other. Dorothea begins to adapt to her unforgiving new environment, but her husband is steadily destroyed by it. Written in the spirit of the works of Jane Austen and George Eliot, the novel is set against a vivid backdrop of the political events of the time while the public and personal gossip of the day weave in and out of the storyline.
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A Plague of Bogles

A Plague of Bogles

Catherine Jinks

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Young Adult

“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.
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Eustace

Eustace

Catherine Jinks

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Young Adult

After Allie's last experience with a ghost, she thought she was finally free of phantoms in her life—but that was before she went on a school trip to Hill End and found herself investigating several more of them. First there is the ghost of Granny Evans, pacing around the museum. Then she comes upon Eustace Harrow, possibly the ghost of a baby long dead, smashing things up in Taylor's cottage. When two of her classmates disappear, Allie realizes that things have gotten much more serious, and she must take action.
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The Secret Familiar

The Secret Familiar

Catherine Jinks

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Young Adult

He is my master, and a great man. Yet I would have preferred to escape his notice. 'Hide yourself,' he told me, and I obeyed - perhaps too well. No inquisitor likes to be outwitted.I just want to be left alone. Is that too much to ask, after so many years of faithful service? Helie is a former spy of the famous fourteenth-century inquisitor Bernard Gui. Now he is living under an alias, trying to forget his past life of deception and intrigue. But a chance meeting once more brings him to the notice of the Inquisition; he is obliged to infiltrate a new heretical group, and find out what happened to the last spy sent to do so. Was he murdered or did he flee? Helie soon finds himself caught up in a dangerous conspiracy involving outlawed beliefs and human remains. The trouble is he no longer has the stomach for such an investigation - because his heart is beginning to betray him.Set in a period when France was rocked by religious strife, The Secret Familiar is a tense and thrilling tale of treachery, faith and ultimate truths.
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Elysium

Elysium

Catherine Jinks

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Young Adult

Who is waiting in the cave? Case #4: Elysium The Jenolan Caves Ghost Tour sounded like the perfect weekend for a ghost hunter. But I didn't realize I was letting myself in for a whole lot more than just a haunted hotel and endless family squabbles. Something was our trail. Something vicious, mysterious, and very, very smelly...
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A Very Singular Guild

A Very Singular Guild

Catherine Jinks

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Young Adult

Twelve-year-old Ned Roach used to scavenge for scraps along the Thames riverbank. But the recent plague of childeating bogles in London means that he's now working as an apprentice to Alfred Bunce, the bogler. Alongside Jem Barbary and (sometimes) Birdie McAdam, Ned must lure bogles out of their lairs so that Alfred can kill them. And this means spending a lot of time in the city's murky underground waterways-especially when Alfred is hired by the London Sewers Office to stamp out a deadly infestation. But times are changing. As magic and folklore give way to the machine age, Alfred begins to face an uncertain future-while Ned and his friends find themselves threatened by an enemy from their past who's even more dangerous than the bogles.
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Pagan's Scribe

Pagan's Scribe

Catherine Jinks

Literature & Fiction / Children's Books / Young Adult

Pagan's final adventure finds our sarcastic hero a bit older and wiser as he leads his young scribe out of the world of books to brave the real-life dangers of a papal crusade. Impressed by the bookish Isidore, Pagan Kidrouk -- now Archdeacon of Carcassonne -- hires the boy as his scribe. Eager to flee a cloistered existence, naive Isidore quickly discovers that the real world isn't as the poets and philosophers claim. The year is 1209, and papal forces from the north are driving their bloody crusade against the Cathar heretics to Carcassonne. With the battle lines inching ever closer, the world of Father Pagan, Lord Roland, and Roland's mysterious brother grows more real to Isidore -- and more terrifying -- by the day. The last of four books in an acclaimed series, PAGAN'S SCRIBE casts the worldly, wise-cracking Pagan in an unexpected role as friend and mentor to a young soul in need.
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