The Boggart and the Monster [NOOK Book]

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When the Scottish owner of Castle Keep died, the ancient castle went to his Canadian great-nephew, Robert Volnik. There was no way the Volniks could keep the castle, so it was sold to an Edinburgh lawyer, Mr. Maconochie. Two years later, Emily Volnik and her younger brohter Jessup return to the castle for a visit. To their delight, the Boggart, a mischievous shape-shifting spirit who has lived in the castle for centures, playing tricks on the owners, is still there, making Mr. ...
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The Boggart and the Monster

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When the Scottish owner of Castle Keep died, the ancient castle went to his Canadian great-nephew, Robert Volnik. There was no way the Volniks could keep the castle, so it was sold to an Edinburgh lawyer, Mr. Maconochie. Two years later, Emily Volnik and her younger brohter Jessup return to the castle for a visit. To their delight, the Boggart, a mischievous shape-shifting spirit who has lived in the castle for centures, playing tricks on the owners, is still there, making Mr. Mac coubt his won sanity as strange things happen.
At Jessup's urging, Mr. Mac takes them and Tommy Cameron, a local friend, on a comping trip to Loch Ness, Where a new expedition with advanced underwater equipment is planning another search for the Loch Ness Monster. The boggart comes along, and, on thier first night there, he is entranced to rediscover Nessie, a boggart cousin who has long forgotten how to change shape and remains in the prehistoric-monster form he long ago adopted.
Beautifully imagined and beautifully written, this is an unforgettable adventure, filled with humor, suspense, and wonderful characters. It is a stunning companion to Susan Cooper's earlier book, The Boggart.

In this companion volume to The Boggart, the invisible and mischievous spirit living in the Scottish Castle Keep sets out to help save Nessie the Loch Ness Monster, one of its few remaining cousins.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The invisible sprite featured in The Boggart has all but forgotten his Canadian friends, Emily Volnik and her younger brother Jessup, until the two children revisit their Scottish ancestral estate, Castle Keep, and its present occupant, "Mr. Mac." When Mr. Mac takes them on a camping trip, Boggart, accidentally packed in their gear, finds himself on the shore of Loch Ness, where his cousin, the infamous Loch Ness Monster, broods at the bottom of murky waters, unable to return to his proper boggart shape. While the campers and other spectators (including a news reporter and a scientist) try to track the beast, Boggart is busy trying to raise Nessie's spirits and convince him to leave the loch for his own safety. Wrought with a slightly more somber tone than its predecessor, this sequel brings such human characteristics as compassion, empathy, determination and even speech to trickster Boggart. His and his cousin's conflicts take center stage once the children and Mr. Mac discover the monster's true identity, and readers will have fun with the book's outlandish and suspenseful plot. Again, Cooper adroitly incorporates ancient lore into a contemporary setting while producing an imaginative and compelling tale. Ages 8-12. (Apr.)
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This follow-up to The Boggart teams the invisible sprite with the Loch Ness Monster. In a starred review, PW said, "Cooper adroitly incorporates ancient lore into a contemporary setting while producing an imaginative and compelling tale." Ages 8-12. (Aug.)
Children's Literature - Rebecca Joseph
In this excellent sequel to her earlier novel The Boggart, Susan Cooper once again features her mischievous shape-shifting spirit character, The Boggart. In this novel, Emily and her younger brother, Jessup, return to Scotland to visit Mr. Maconochie, a lawyer who purchased their family's castle. While visiting, Emily, Jessup along with their host Mr. Mac, and Tommy, a local young boy, must help The Boggart rescue his long-lost cousin Nessie from detection in Loch Ness. Nessie, depressed by the destruction of his own castle and family, has forgotten how to change shapes and remains in the huge monster form he long ago took while sleeping at the bottom of Loch Ness. With a scientific group about to detect Nessie, the group bravely helps Nessie leave the Loch. Filled with action, fantasy, humor, and interesting characters, this novel is a real treat.
Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
Cooper has crafted a funny yet sometimes scary story of a spirit caught out of his time zone. Like the Volniks, who unknowingly packed the Boggart in a desk they were shipping to Toronto from the family castle in Scotland, you will laugh at the mishaps, then become impatient with this spirit. You'll soon abhor his tricks, and finally, you'll begin to understand his motives and come to love him. What makes this tale so rich are the details of folkloric magic combined with 20th century technology and the author's talent for depicting very real and believable characters.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6Actor David Rintoul's Scottish brogue grabs listeners from the very beginning as he hints of a past tragedy and describes something large and peculiar that has been sleeping under the water, on and off, for 300 years. The Boggart and the Monster (S&S Childrens, 1997) is the sequel to Susan Cooper's popular The Boggart (McElderry, 1993). The story is well suited to an audio production, especially since the Boggart occasionally speaks in Gaelic, and it is wonderful to hear these phrases aloud. The Gaelic phrases are then translated as part of the storyline. In this story, Jessup and Emily Volnik return to Castle Keep to visit the Boggart, a mischievous house spirit, they met in the first book. When they go on a camping trip to Loch Ness, the Boggart accidentally stows away in their camping equipment. In Loch Ness, they find an expedition using submersible remotely operated vehicles to search for the infamous monster. The Boggart finds Nessie, his boggart cousin, who has lost his ability to change his shape and is trapped in the form of a huge monster. The Boggart and the children race against time and technology to save Nessie from capture and to help him change his life. This excellent production will be enjoyed in public and school libraries.Stephanie Miller, Boulder City Library, NV
The New York Times Book Review
“Ms. Cooper sets up a provocative elision of technological, natural, emotional and spiritual forces. Not that children will necessarily notice. The story is swiftly plotted and densely populated, zipping along with the speed of a video game…[It demonstrates] Ms. Cooper's masterly weaving of disparate realms.”
Booklist
“Plenty of sparkling complications… The clever premise and great characters will leave kids clamoring for more."
From the Publisher
*"Cooper adroitly incorporates ancient lore into a contemporary setting while producing an imaginative and compelling tale."

"Swiftly plotted and densely populated, zipping along with the speed of a video game."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780689847844
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
  • Publication date: 12/12/2001
  • Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 452,815
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • File size: 540 KB

Meet the Author

Susan Cooper is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her classic five-book fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor and has sold millions of copies worldwide. She is also the author of Victory, a Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth book and a Washington Post Top Ten for Children novel; King of Shadows, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor book; The Boggart; Seaward; Ghost Hawk; and many other acclaimed novels for young readers and listeners. She lives in Massachusetts, and you can visit her online at TheLostLand.com.
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Reading Group Guide

1. Early on in The Boggart, the creature is described as "one of the Old Things of the world, he was not made for human warmth...A boggart, by his nature, feels warmth for no one." Yet this boggart also seems very human, even childlike, at times. What are some of the emotions he experiences? How do his emotional attachments and needs guide his behavior?

2. Why are most of the adults depicted in these novels reluctant to believe that the boggart exists? Would you also be skeptical? Why or why not?

3. The boggart is stung when Emily asks him to avoid getting her and her brother into trouble in The Boggart. "Didn't the girl know that boggarts live for mischief, not for harm?" What is the difference between mischief and harm? Does the boggart always understand the difference? Do you or your friends?

4. How could the boggart and the MacDevon clan, which includes modern day members Emily and Jessup Voinick, be related to each other? What is the old legend that links them?

5. Boggarts never die. What are the advantages of immortality? What are the disadvantages?

6. Even though he is an ancient creature, the boggart has a special affinity for computers. Jessup speculates that is because both the computer and the boggart are primarily made up of electrical impulses. What do you think? Could there be other reasons for the boggart's attraction to computers?

7. In his second adventure, the boggart seems more willing to communicate with humans. How does he do it? Why does he do it? Does he trust humans more? Does he need them more?

8. In The Boggart, the modern world is described as "a world which had driven out the Old Things and buried the Wild Magic deepunder layers of reason and time." Do you believe this is an accurate depiction of modern life? Do you think "Wild Magic" has been buried? Do you think it ever existed?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Xtjcnbc

    If you like these books then you should try the dark is rising books they are by Susan Cooper and there great!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2006

    The Boggart

    My name is Morgan, and I read the Boggart for school, and I didn't like it that much, but I read it in one night.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2005

    Great Story

    Well written and easy to read. If you like books that have both modern day and magic in them then you will enjoy this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2001

    Boggart and Our Imagination

    The Boggart and the Monster is a very good book to read just before you go to bed. Not because this book is boring but because this book encourages the imagination while you're sleeping so that you wonder what will happen next in the story. In the beginning of the book, there is a short chapter about Loch Ness which makes you think about what will happen in the book and if the Loch Ness Monster is a Boggart. When I first started reading the book, everybody kept telling me to read the first Boggart book. Acually, you don't need to read the first Boggart book at all because it has nothing to do with the second. One good thing about the book is that it gets eally interesting whenever they talk about the Loch Ness Monster. Sometimes the story will get a little boring but then you all of a sudden something good will happen that explans a lot and is very interesting. I have to give this book 5 stars because it is really interesting especially for those people who love to learn things about the Loch Ness Monster.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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