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The Boggart (The Boggart #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  3,282 ratings  ·  156 reviews
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
Published August 1st 1995 by Aladdin Paperbacks (first published 1993)
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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was commonplace in 1993 (or late 1980s since I know it took time to get this story published) is so far out of date now that the target age readers may have no idea
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
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
Terralyn Gauthier
I thought this was a really delightful children's book. There were parts that were terribly sad but it only added to the story. A definite great book to read aloud to your kids. The boggart is both equally frustrating and endearing. Just when you think how neat it would be to have one, it does something completely insane that makes you glad you dont.
I wish there were boggarts around here, but I haven't found any yet unfortunately. There are mostly just weasels and frogs. Maybe if we still lived in Ireland we could have found one.
Oct 28, 2014 kelley rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy fantasy
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
Lolly's Library
A sweet story about friendship and Celtic myths from the same author who wrote The Dark Is Rising and The Grey King. After the Volnik family from Toronto, Canada inherits a Scottish castle, they don't realize they've also inherited the family Boggart. When the Volniks decide to sell the castle and ship selected family heirlooms back to Canada, one of those, a desk, also contains the Boggart, into which he unwittingly slipped. Now the Boggart is with a new family, in a new world, and his playful ...more
I'm a huge fan of The Dark Is Rising series and no stranger to reading YA novels as an adult. This novel, however, was not the greatest and I wouldn't enthuse about it, reread it, or recommend it to my friends the way I have TDIR over the years. In the opening chapter Cooper shines, her prose sure and amazingly strong (if a little sweeping), but the rest of the story absolutely flounders. Cooper's inexperience with computers is massively distracting and, in the end, creates a huge hole in the pl ...more
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.
This book was eh. I thought it was pretty dated in terms of technology from 20+ years ago. I enjoyed the first part of the book that took place in a Castle in Scotland more than the rest. Some of the ideas in the story could've been great...a little girl suspected of being crazy, when really it was the Boggart, but I felt the author fell short there. I did like that the Boggart was an Old Thing full of magic and mischief and a little simple. The language describing him was well done.

I did love t
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
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
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
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
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 Yates
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
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
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

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
On a recent trip to Scotland, our tour guide, Karen MacCormick, told us about the lengendary Boggarts of Scotland, mentioning Susan Cooper's book, The Boggart, as a fun way to learn more. Thankfully, our local library had a copy! I really enjoyed this little book, and was swept into the world of Emily, Jessup, and the Boggart! Though his antics caused problems for Emily & Jessup, I still kind of liked the little guy, and could identify with his longing to go back to Scotland! I, too, hope to ...more
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
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
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
Scott Whitney
Fun and fast to read. I found this book in hard cover and bought it for my classroom. I needed to perform a quality check on it before turning it over to the students. This book fills an interesting gap in the library since the interest level is lower than the reading level. I have students that applies to. I found it fun and interesting even if my interest level is higher.
Having the Boggart's p.o.v. made it a really fun read. I was a little disappointed that the Boggart didn't (view spoiler) I'll definitely be picking up the sequel.

Side Note: It was very cute to see the author describe what a screen saver is and what it looks like. ; )
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
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
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
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.
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Susan Cooper was born in 1935, and grew up in England's Buckinghamshire, an area that was green countryside then but has since become part of Greater London. As a child, she loved to read, as did her younger brother, who also became a writer. After attending Oxford, where she became the first woman to ever edit that university's newspap
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