The Boggart

The Boggart

Book - 1993
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In a tumbledown castle in the Western Highlands of Scotland lives the Boggart. He is invisible -- an ancient mischievous spirit, solitary and sly, born of a magic as old as the rocks and the waves. He has lived in Castle Keep for centuries, playing tricks on the owners. But the last Scottish owner has died and left the castle to his great-nephew Robert Volnik of Toronto, Canada. The Volnik family -- including Emily and her nine-year-old computer genius brother Jessup -- visit Castle Keep, and when they return to Toronto, they unwittingly take the Boggart with them.
The astonishments, delight, and horrors that invade their lives with the arrival of the Boggart fill this swiftly moving story. The collision of modern techology and the Old Magic brings perils nobody could have imagined -- and, in the end, an amazing and touching solution to the problem of the Boggart who has found himself on the wrong side of the ocean.
Sometimes extremely funny, sometimes wildly scary,and always totally absorbing, this remarkable story -- brilliantly imagined and beautifully written -- marks the return of the Newbery Award winner Susan Cooper to the field of novels for young readers. An outstanding achievement, The Boggart will work its special magic on all who read it.
Publisher: New York : Margaret K. McElderry Books, ©1993.
ISBN: 9780689505768
0689505760
9780590482103
0590482106
9780689869303
9781534420113
Characteristics: 196 pages ;,22 cm.

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Starpoem
Dec 02, 2016

* I was under the mistaken impression that boggarts are something that J. K. Rowling invented. But now, thanks to this book, I know that boggarts are actually a thing. Well, not a real thing, of course. But a thing from Celtic folklore. :)

* As usual, Susan Cooper's writing is luscious.

* Though he gets into a lot of trouble, the boggart in this book is not malevolent. He's just mischievous like a puppy. And he's even kind of cute: he likes ice cream and pizza, and he wants to make friends.

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animal74
Feb 05, 2013

Having loved Susan Cooper’s Dark Is Rising Sequence, I decided to give her other works a try and came across the Boggart. This was a fun book even to read as an adult. Cooper expertly blends fantasy and magic with real life in a way that both kids and adults will enjoy. There are lots of delightful characters to get to know and the Boggart itself is a great character with a long, interesting history. Following the Boggart as it discovers the modern world makes for hilarious and sometimes disastrous results. The story does date itself with the computer technology that probably most kids nowadays would not recognize, but any story that incorporates technology runs that risk. There is some talk about psychology and exorcism that may be beyond younger kids’ understanding and there are a few scenes which younger kids may find frightening. All in all, though, a great read for the whole family.

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