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The Boggart (The Boggart #1)

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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 Volni...more
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Published August 1st 1995 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1993)
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Xyra
This was fabulously written. Susan had me crying along with the boggart in the first chapter...that was 13 pages. The visuals she painted of the boggart's memories and emotions were so very strong that my heart was touched immediately.

So why did I only give it 4 stars? Sadly, for something that some authors do not anticipate...what was commonplace in 1993 (or late 1980s since I know it took time to get this story published) is so far out of date now that the target age readers may have no idea...more
Cassandra
My overwhelming impression reading this book was one of pleasant surprise. Though I've always enjoyed Susan Cooper's output in the past, considering how little is spoken about this one, I hadn't been expecting it to be as good as it is. The plot unfolds at a nice pace, and details from the beginning resurface at the end in an agreeably rounded denouement. I've given three stars because I believe I gave four to Cooper's The Dark is Rising sequence, and The Boggart doesn't quite achieve their leve...more
Mahrya
Nov 06, 2008 Mahrya rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 7 to 12 year olds
Shelves: juvenilia
Cooper, Susan. The Boggart, Aladdin Paperbacks, 196 pages. Fictional chapter book, fantasy.

Description: A Scottish spirit called the Boggart is unwittingly taken to Canada when a Canadian family inherits his castle. Emily and Jessup, the kids, struggle to communicate with the Boggart and get him to stop playing his disruptive tricks.

Review: This book is at its best at the beginning and end of the story, when the Boggart resides on his Scottish Island. The prose is incredibly descriptive during...more
kelley
Jul 21, 2009 kelley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy fantasy
Shelves: 2009, series
Susan Cooper is one of my favorite authors. Her words are so "visual", she paints a picture in your mind as you read. Her narrative is so descriptive you can "hear" the haunting sound of the gulls as they sail above the sea shore. I could actually believe I was driving over the moors of Scotland, visiting a castle for the first time. Her writing is a treat for the senses, to be savored and enjoyed.

The story itself is completely delightful, with the Boggart being an exceptional character. I would...more
Susan
Fun tale. I think I enjoyed the beginning better when it took place in Scotland on an island in an old dilapidated castle rather than Canada, when the family returns home. The trapping and releasing of the boggart toward the end of the book was a bit of a stretch but then again it is a fantasy children's story. A pleasant read.
Kim
A fun read, one that I haven't read from this author. I have read others that she has written, but this one has escaped my attention until now.

The story is about a boggart who has lost his master, and is put upon by new tenants. He is then thrown into a new atmosphere when he is locked inside a cubby until he reaches Canada. At first he is fascinated by the new people, new technology, and new surroundings, but then everything seems to go wrong. He longs for home, Scotland.

Very cute and funny re...more
Josiah
I believe that I would actually give this book two and a half stars.
Susan Cooper's writing in The Boggart comes sort of in alternating spurts of action and quiet reflection, humor and genuinely touching moments that go for maybe forty pages or so before smoothly changing to another tact. The method works well for this story, I think. The tale of the Boggart stands out as different from most other kid lit offerings while retaining the premier powers of Susan Cooper's almost gothic style. Watch...more
Scratch
Enjoyable little story, appropriate for precocious 10 year olds. I read it now as an adult just to say that I had, and also because I'm on the lookout for folklore to share with my nephew and future kids.

But while this story is entirely about a classic bit of UK folklore, the story itself is a fairly standard kind of adolescent story from the 90s. Very firmly entrenched in the early 90s, in fact. The plot of this story no longer makes sense in 2012, as it depends upon use of outdated, black-and...more
Stephanie Jobe
I read this years ago but honestly I couldn’t remember what I thought of it. It was probably quite similar to my feeling right now. Meh. I don’t dislike it but it falls sort of flat in comparison to The Dark is Rising Sequence. It is heavily dated by the technology used. I mean I read the description of the computer the nerds drool over to my boyfriend and we both laughed out loud. Black and white monitors and floppy disks are something more alien than time travel to today’s kids. A modern kid w...more
Amy
I absolutely loved this book when it was first published (starting to feel a little old here) and wanted to go back and greet and old favorite. Sadly, growing up changes this book. It's a wonderful fantasy read full of wonderfully romanticized images of Scotland and daily life. When I was a kid, I thought it was amazing. Now that I've gotten older and been to the places described, it seems less romantic to me. It actually took most of the book to really get into the feel of things. Once I did, i...more
Stefan
The Boggart is a fairly entertaining young adult novel. It's a fast paced story that is difficult to put down yet still challenging enough for young readers. The characters are easy for kids to relate to even if the technology referenced throughout the book is very outdated by today's standards.

While visiting their inherited castle in Ireland, the Volnik family mistakenly traps and takes the castle's boggart back to Canada with them. Strange occurrences begin to happen from the moment of the bog...more
Janis
Contemporary children's fantasy novel. Long before the Harry Potter books, I learned about boggarts from Susan Cooper, thanks to this book.

The Volnick family in Canada learns that the father has inherited Castle Keep in Scotland, and briefly live there while making arrangements to sell the delapidated home. To assuage the children's sadness at not being able to keep the castle, the parents allow Emily and Jessup to each take one item back to Toronto.

The boggart of the title has happily lived for...more
Darius Olivo
The main setting in this book is in Scotland. There is a run down castle that Maggie Volnik inherits whwen a relative dies. The Bogagrt lives in this castle. The Boggart is invisible and very mischievious. Maggie goes to the castle and accidentally brings the Boggart home with her. The Boggart starts playing tricks on people. Because of this they want the Boggart to leave. The kids change their minds about the Boggart and become friends with him. My favorite part in this book was when the Boggar...more
Lisa Wolf
When a Canadian family inherits a Scottish castle, they also inherit the Boggart, a mischievous ancient spirit who delights in playing pranks and being a general nuisance. Unfortunately for the Boggart, he accidentally ends up shipped back to Canada along with some of the castle's furnishings, and that's when the trouble starts.

Emily and Jessup, the two main characters, have to figure out just what's causing all the weird occurrences in their normally placid suburban life, and once they do, must...more
Gale
HOME IS WHERE THE HEART IS

When the Volnik family of Toronto inherits a decrepit castle on a Scottish isle, their lives are changed in many inexplicable ways. Maggie, the mother, is a distant descendant of the MacDevons, whose chieftain died after a century of living on the rocky islet—alone save for an old dog and an ancient, invisible companion. But can this immortal trickster adapt to the new residents of the castle, while honoring the rules of Old Magic?

Taking a break from Dad’s theatre a...more
Jennifer
This was actually my second time through Susan Cooper's The Boggart, with the first being a read-aloud with my fourth grade class. I found this copy at a resale shop, and couldn't resist buying it since I have found memories of my fourth-grade teacher, and vaguely remember that I always liked her taste. Although The Boggart isn't the greatest piece of literature, and definitely not as timeless as Susan Cooper's award-winning Dark is Rising series, it was definitely a fun read and creative. It's...more
Tessa
I'm not sure who that ghoul on the left side of the cover is supposed to be - maybe a young Tommy Wiseau. But the fascinating cover is not the only reason I picked up The Boggart. It's because: Susan Cooper, scotland, boggart.

It's a lighthearted story with an emotional core (really!). The boggart in this story is not the same as the scary bloodsucking things in the Spook's Apprentice series. It is invisible, immortal, and eats ice cream with its tiny "hands". And when its master dies and a dista...more
Danny
Having loved Susan Cooper’s Dark Is Rising Sequence, I decided to give her other works a try and came across the Boggart. This was a fun book even to read as an adult. Cooper expertly blends fantasy and magic with real life in a way that both kids and adults will enjoy. There are lots of delightful characters to get to know and the Boggart itself is a great character with a long, interesting history. Following the Boggart as it discovers the modern world makes for hilarious and sometimes disastr...more
Fantasy Literature
Susan Cooper is best known for her five-part The Dark is Rising series, a sequence of fantasy novels that any self-respecting lover of fantasy should have on their bookshelf. Among her lesser known works is the time-slip adventure King of Shadows, a picture book trilogy based on Celtic legends, and two stories chronicling the doings of a Scottish boggart: The Boggart and its sequel The Boggart and the Monster.

In the Western Highlands of Scotland lives a mysterious and mischievous spirit known as...more
Issy
I've read this before and read it again last year and will read it again this year. I love this book and my 10 year old loves this book. The fact that the technology is 'dated' doesn't bother me a bit and didn't seem to even register on my daughter's radar. She was more interested in 'the ghost' than the technology lol
Bette
I really enjoyed this book when I first listened to it a couple of years ago. It's very entertaining. But when I read it this time, considering it for the anthology of excerpts from recent children's books that I'm putting together, I realized that it really isn't anything more than fun. That's fine, but I'm not sure it belongs on a list of the best children's fantasy of the past 25 years. It's dated in terms of the technology, and there really aren't any issues in it. The boggart is adorable an...more
Becky
Fun book that is very of its time. I'm curious to see what my book club kids think of the computer stuff. Floppy disks. Black and white monitors. What are those? Also, an amazingly wonderful dropped reference to River Phoenix, a photo of whom Emily has pinned up in her bedroom.
Jennifer
When a Canadian family learns they've inherited a keep in Scotland they discover a lot more than they bargained for. Along with crumbling bricks and nice furniture they also get a mischievous boggart. The Boggart is inadvertently transported from Scotland to Canada and all sorts of mayhem ensues.

A fun, fast read that is quaintly sweet. This is a good book to share with a kid and there are some fun part that had me laughing. I liked the Boggart's character and the way Cooper portrayed his mischie...more
Erica
With the completion of this book, I am officially half way through the stack of books I must read for Battle of the Books, a mere ten days away. Five more to go!

I looooved Susan Cooper's Dark is Rising series. I read it numerous times when I was younger. I didn't realize she had been such a prolific author. The Boggart, while nowhere near as wonderful as Dark is Rising, is OK. It's a quick, easy read that gets into issues of home and family when a Canadian family go to check out their inheritanc...more
Holly
When I started reading this book, I really though that I would not like it but that quickly changed. I soon found myself giggling at some of the Boggart's antics. I love the peanut butter sandwich episode. Several of my students and I were reading it at the same time and a couple of students got so involved in the book that they finished it well before everyone else. It was a struggle for them to not tell everyone about it. Through all the Boggart's doings my kids were about to make many connect...more
Myles
Susan Cooper, most famous for her heavily mythic Dark is Rising Sequence, returns to a lighter-hearted storytelling hinted at with Over Sea, Under Stone.

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.

I...more
Jeannine
I love this book. I love Susan Cooper's style of writing - she makes me want to go to Scotland! I love her description of the Boggart, how he is always just trying to have fun. I love how smart and independent the children are and yet the parents aren't non-existant or stupidly unaware, like in cartoons or some other books. Andrew and I are looking forward to the sequel and other Susan Cooper books.

Re-read this today and my former review still stands - it is a fantastic book! Loved reading it ag...more
Wyntrnoire
I loved the Boggart itself and the first chapter--but the rest of the book was wooden. Most idea-driven books fail because everything else (including the most important thing, character)is sacrificed to get to that idea/moment/ending whatever it is the author has decided she wants. And this idea though realized, did not work because there were others ways, more obvious ways, to resolve the Boggart's problem. And I was never convinced of the way that it was(i.e. it was forced). (I don't want add...more
Tawnie
Grades: 4 to 7 Genre: Fantasy
Emily and Jess Volnik’s father has inherited a Scottish castle that is inhabited by a mischievous creature called the boggart. Unbeknownst to them, they have brought the boggart back to Toronto with them after a visit to the castle. His antics start to cause trouble for the siblings and soon they are looking for ways to send him back home. In the end it is when the boggart tries to communicate with the siblings through a game that Jess has created on his computer tha...more
A.M.
This novel isn't as timeless as other novels by Cooper, which is possibly because it contains a mythology/technology crossover that really dates the book.

Nonetheless, this is a great read, and particularly entertaining for children. The description of Scotland is vividly evocative, although Toronto, the other setting, is not described in as much detail. The Boggart is a mysterious, mischievous character, and the children in the story are well-developed. The parents, on the other hand, have an al...more
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