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The Boggart and the Monster

The Boggart and the Monster

For Ages: 8 - 12
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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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  • Margaret K. McElderry Books | 
  • 192 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689847844 | 
  • December 2001 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7 | 
  • Lexile 1020L
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The Boggart & The Boggart and the Monster
By Susan Cooper

About the Books

“As long as writers with Susan Cooper’s skill continue to publish,” The New York Times observed, “magic is always available.” And magic—the magic of the old ways and the modern wizardry of our new technologies—is at the heart of this distinguished pair of fantasies. In their first adventure, The Bogart, Emily Volnik and her brother Jessup inadvertently transport an ancient spirit from his ancestral castle in Scotland all the way to their home in Toronto. A mischievous creature, mostly invisible but also able to shape-shift at will, the boggart gleefully runs amok amongst the gadgetry of his new world—until he realizes how much he misses his old one. “A lively story,” announced School Library Journal in its starred review, “compelling from first page to last, and a good bet for a read aloud.” Its equally acclaimed sequel, The Boggart and the Monster, finds the boggart back in Scotland, trying to revive the magical powers of his long-lost cousin, the Loch Ness monster. “The play has plenty of sparkling complications,” wrote Booklist. “The clever premise and great characters will leave kids clamoring for more.”

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Susan Cooper
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Susan Cooper

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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