The Boggart and the Monster

The Boggart and the Monster

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by Susan Cooper
     
 

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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… See more details below

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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.

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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.)
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:
NOOK Book
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
479,259
Lexile:
1020L (what's this?)
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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New York Times Book Review Swiftly plotted and densely populated, zipping along with the speed of a video game.

Publishers Weekly, starred review Cooper adroitly incorporates ancient lore into a contemporary setting while producing an imaginative and compelling tale.

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