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The Boggart by Susan Cooper

The Boggart (1993)

by Susan Cooper

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Series: The Boggart (1)

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When the old MacDevon dies, Castle Keep on a Scottish island is inherited by the Volnick family. They visit their legacy before putting it on the market, and inadvertently ship the castle's mischievous boggart back to Toronto. What will a creature of Old Magic make of modern technology?

As you might expect, the computer parts of the story are solidly 1993, and some of the specs mentioned will give savvy modern readers a good laugh. Moving beyond that, it's obvious that Cooper is a master of her craft: the descriptions, the relationships between characters, and the emotion of the piece is spot on. I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. ( )
  foggidawn | Jul 31, 2017 |
i started reading this to my son but stopped within 2 chapters. it's not Bad but there are several things about it that don't jibe with Good Writing, in my opinion. also, my son was nonplussed by the whole thing and wanted to move on to something else for a while. we may come back to this book someday but, for now, it will live on the shelf.

at this moment i give what i've read of the book a solid "meh" with tendencies towards "nevermind." ( )
  keebrook | Mar 10, 2015 |
Fantastic reader! Wonderful accent! good story. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
The Boggart by Susan Cooper is about a mischievous magical creature who suddenly finds itself in Canada. After the death of the old Laird and his dog, the Volnik family — distant relatives — inherit the old Castle Keep.

The Boggart's main problem is ending up with a family who doesn't believe in magic. As the castle didn't come with instructions re magical beings, his pranks both at the castle and later in in the Volnik's home go unnoticed at first. Rather than stop (as that's not in its nature) he resorts to bigger and bigger pranks until they become dangerous!

Although the book is dated (especially in terms of the computer hardware that's central to the plot) it's still an enjoyable read. I listened to it on audio and found myself sucked right in. ( )
  pussreboots | Aug 22, 2013 |
What is a boggart? You may remember the one in Harry Potter, who is a shapeshifter. The boggart in this story is similar and likes to play pranks. He lives in an old castle in Scotland and causes minor trouble. But when he is transported to modern-day Canada, chaos ensues. Emily & Jess are the only two who know the boggart is real. Can they help him return to his homeland? I love this story because it combines old-fashioned magic and the magic of science. The boggart is both funny and wise. I recommend this book to readers who love fantasy set in the modern world. ( )
  bookwren | Feb 28, 2013 |
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Susan Cooperprimary authorall editionscalculated
Alsberg, RebeccaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Dillon, JulieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hyman, Trina SchartCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Little, EdCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rayyan, OmarIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rintoul, DavidNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The little boat crept closer, over the grey-green water of the loch. Tommy could hear the slow creaking of the oarlocks, and see the white hair of the lean old man bent over the oars. His father said the MacDevon was one hundred years old, but Tommy had never had the courage to ask if it were true. The MacDevon was a clan chief, the last of his line, and you didn't ask a clan chief a question like that.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0689801734, Paperback)

When Emily and Jess Volnik's family inherits a remote, crumbling Scottish castle, they also inherit the Boggart -- an invisible, mischievious spirit who's been playing tricks on residents of Castle Keep for generations. Then the Boggart is trapped in a rolltop desk and inadvertently shipped to the Volnik's home in Toronto, where nothing will ever be the same -- for the Volniks or the Boggart.

In a world that doesn't believe in magic, the Boggart's pranks wreak havoc, particularly for Emily, who is accused of causing psychic disturbances. And even the newfound joys of peanut butter and pizza and fudge sauce eventually wear thin for the Boggart. He wants to go home -- but his only hope lies in a risky and daring blend of modern technology and ancient magic.

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After visiting the castle in Scotland which her family has inherited and returning home to Canada, twelve-year-old Emily finds that she has accidentally brought back with her a boggart, an invisible and mischievous spirit with a fondness for practical jokes.… (more)

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