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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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Nice story - interesting characters, including the Boggart who is nicely alien. Chance and circumstance play a large part in events; and a lovely happy ending. I'd read it before, I noted, but I didn't remember any of it. ( )
  jjmcgaffey | Mar 25, 2019 |
Boggart - an ancient, mischievous spirit, solitary and sly.

The Vonik family, Emily, her 10 year-old-computer-nerd brother Jessup, parents Maggie and Robert live in Toronto, Canada. When a cable arrives from Scotland informing them of Robert's inheritance of Castle Keep from a distant uncle, the Voniks take a trip to find out exactly what this inheritance is.

The family arrives to find Castle Keep is a small, deteriorating structure on its own small island in the Western Highlands of Scotland. They fall in love with the area and the life, but do have to return to Toronto. Rober is the artistic director of the Chervil Playhouse and Maggie owns Old Stuff, an antiques shop.

The family brings back some furniture item for themselves and some to sell in Maggie's shop. Unbeknownst to anyone, the Boggart has also come to Toronto. Seems he fell asleep in a desk that is to go in Emily's room.

When the Boggart awakes, he finds that Toronto is nothing like the world he has lived in for the many centuries of his life. This new world is scary and yet there are many delightful things. He sets about pulling his old tricks to amuse the Voniks, but finds that the world he is now in has no clue to what and who he is.

Will the Boggart stay forever in Toronto, or will he be able to return to Scotland and Castle Keep?

This was a fast read for me, but I took my time just to enjoy it. I found I cringed at some of the pranks the Boggart played, knowing they wouldn't go over well, and yet I wished I could have seen them. ( )
1 vote ChazziFrazz | Mar 6, 2019 |
Susan Cooper, most famous for her heavily mythic 'Dark is Rising Sequence', returns to light-hearted storytelling.

It's a simple story about a Canadian family that suddenly inherits a castle in Scotland. After going over to see it, and taking home some mementos, they accidentally bring home a boggart. Most of the adults refuse to believe that anything supernatural is going on, and a psychiatrist interested in poltergeist phenomena makes for a funny villain.

It's a quick read, some laughs, and a little outdated thanks to the computer and video-game technology references, but still worth checking out. I remember their being a sequel with the Loch Ness Monster too.


Next: 'The Boggart and the Monster' ( )
  ManWithAnAgenda | Feb 18, 2019 |
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 |
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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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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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