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Curse of the Boggin

(The Library #1)

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Enter the Library, where no one knows how the stories end . . . and finding out will be terrifying.

There’s a place beyond this world, beyond the land of the living, where ghosts go to write their unfinished stories—stories that ended too soon. It’s a place for unexplained phenomena: mysteries that have never been solved, spirits that have never been laid to rest. And
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Connor
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
In curse of the boggin Marcus has been given a key that unlocks to a secret library but Marcuse has a curse coming after him known as the boggin. Marcus and his 2 friends are faced with a lot of pressure on their shoulders. Shall they Surender the key to the boggin or should they try to take on the boggin with the faith in each other.
Ms. Yingling
Aug 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Marcus can be a difficult child, but when he sees ghosts in school and is haunted by an old lady demanding "Surrender the key!", he's not trying to be difficult. It's hard to explain to his parents, who are irritated with him about his multiple detentions and general disobedience, but he does enlist the help of his friends Lu and Theo. When he realizes that a man who recently died in the city is the same man he's been seeing in his visions, Marcus goes to talk to
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Brenda
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, fantasy
First line: “It was under the bed.”

I love creepy books and Curse of the Boggin is a great example of one for that middle grade reader that is slightly spooky with a bit of a mystery. Think things hiding under the bed, a creepy Boggin that can look like your best friend, controls the weather and creates illusions just to scare you. Marcus does get some help from his two best friends, Lu and Theo, as well as Everett, the head ghost librarian. I'm a huge fan of old-fashioned brass keys and liked
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Betsy Wolf
Aug 06, 2018 rated it liked it
2018-19 VSBA nominee. Students who love scary books will really enjoy this, and it’s always good to know something besides RL Stine when they ask for the scary books. I’d happily recommend it.
Susan
I gave this book three stars, this was being generous. I found that it was slow to start and boring. Not something I would recommend to someone.
Henry Bello
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Would recommend it to the young fellas that are trying to get into the horror genre
Alisha Marie
Okay, so I am super duper hard to impress. Add about 1000 more dupers to that when it comes to middle grade novels. Nothing against middle grade, but it's just not one of my favorite genres. In fact, the only middle grade novels that tend to get 3 stars or higher tend to be contemporary middle grade. When it comes to fantasy middle grade, I've been burned more times than not. I just don't find too many of them impressive. But Curse of the Boggin? That impressed the heck out of this grown adult ...more
Tanya C.
Jul 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a book for middle grade children, with an age range of 8 to 12 years old. Obviously I’m not a kid anymore and I know my opinion will not be the same as the one of children; even so, the book is interesting and makes you want to know more.

In the first pages of the ARC I got there are reviews of children saying they “couldn’t put it down” and actually, me neither. Since the first chapter it hooks you up with a mysterious vibe full of suspense and action. The book is written without
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Aeicha
Aug 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thirteen year old Marcus O’Mara is a good guy who more than occasionally finds himself in trouble with his parents, his friends, and especially at school...and now he’s found himself in BIG trouble, the supernatural kind. Marcus starts to see and experience strange things, then a ghost gives him a key to a mysterious place called The Library. The Library is home to unfinished stories being finished by ghosts. But there’s an evil presence that wants to destroy The Library and may just destroy ...more
Laura Thomas
A mysterious library. Ghosts. A curse. And whatever a Boggin is. Sounds like quite the adventure.

Meet Marcus. A thirteen year old boy. He’s too young to have memories of the parents he lost. And he’s having problems with his adoptive family. He feels he’s a disappointment to them. His relationship with them gets more strained when weird things start happening to him.

Marcus confides in his best friends, Lu and Theo. He’ll need their help to protect those he loves and defeat the boggin.

It was
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Liza Nahas
Maybe I need to be 10 years old to really appreciate this book, but I was a bit disappointed. Maybe I had too high of hopes for a book with a secret library & ghosts.
The writing itself was not challenging, so younger readers could breeze through, though there is a death, death threats, and a "bogey woman". The final chapters ramp up the interest level, perhaps the second in the series will be better.
Scott Gregory
Sep 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this story. It was very fun to read! I was expecting a horror story and it wasn't at all. Lots of fun....
Sammie
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I fell in love with D.J. MacHale as an author when I was a wee version of myself, as I waited incredibly impatiently for the next Pendragon book to come out. So when I happened across this series, of course I had to read it? A magical library? Check. Creepy threatening creatures that have be outsmarted? Even better. It checked all the boxes for what I wanted in an easy, entertaining read, and it didn't disappoint.

Curse of the Boggin is the first part of a series that revolves around the Library.
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Wendy
May 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Curse of the Boggin” a frightening adventure in a world where magic and ghosts exist opens with noises under nine -year- old Alex Swenor’s bed, cryptic writing on his floor about a mysterious key, an attack by a vicious dog and the death of his father after saving him from toppling over the roof of his apartment building.

When seventh grader Marcus O’Mara finds himself in trouble at his middle school he not only is given a detention and finds himself in the hot-seat with his adoptive parents but
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Tanya C.
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
This is a book for middle grade children, with an age range of 8 to 12 years old. Obviously I’m not a kid anymore and I know my opinion will not be the same as the one of children; even so, the book is interesting and makes you want to know more.

In the first pages of the ARC I got there are reviews of children saying they “couldn’t put it down” and actually, me neither. Since the first chapter it hooks you up with a mysterious vibe full of suspense and action. The book is written without
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Stormi (BMReviewsohmy)
Marcus had a relatively normal life until he starts seeing some strange hallucinations. While at detention he hears a crash and sees a strange man with a key. When he goes to check it out he sees a bull and it starts to chase him but nobody else sees it. He tells his two friends and they don't think he is crazy but they don't know how to explain it.

Then more crazy stuff happens and he finds out who the ghost man in and goes to his wife's house and finds out a few things like there is a key that
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Sean Cozart
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you are fan of this author and like suspenseful mysteries, I think this is a good one for you, especially if you are a young reader. This is a book about 7th-grader Marcus who is gifted with a key that can send to the Library, a place that investigates paranormal events and finished people's "stories". Yet, a old lady wants to steal the key from Marcus to destroy the library and worse yet, she can make his greatest fears can true.

However, I find the blurb on the cover misleading as I had the
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Stephanie Ward
'Curse of the Boggin' is a freaky and fun children's novel that's a perfect read for the Halloween season. It's the first book in a new series that follows our main character, Marcus, as his normal teen problems turn much worse - and weird. He sees strange visions that he can't explain, is put in crazy dangerous situations, and meets a ghost who won't give up until she gives him a key. The key opens the door to a library full of secrets and impossibilities - it also holds the truth about Marcus' ...more
Valerie McEnroe
This is a ghosts caught in limbo story. A little bit confusing, but otherwise a typically well-written, well-developed MacHale book.

Things haven't been going well for Marcus at home or school. Just when it seems like things can't get any worse, he begins seeing things others can't see, such as a man at school wearing a bathrobe and a message to "Surrender the key." When he learns that the man in the bathrobe is the ghost of a man who recently died, he goes to the home of his widow and is given a
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Nannette Demmler
I saw this in a bookstore about a month ago and initially picked it up because of the cover. I love this cover. It has a certain level of creepiness that will have kids wanting to read it. I then noticed that the author was D.J. MacHale. I read his Pendragon series many years ago and loved it, so was excited to see that he is writing for middle-grade and the fact that it is a series just upped my interest level. So naturally I snapped this puppy right up.

I was not disappointed. This book has the
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Cornmaven
Jan 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: juvenile
Wonderful start to a new series by MacHale. Marcus faces the boogeyman as well as his feelings about having been adopted. His friends Lu and Theo get caught in the trouble that emerges when the Boggin, disguised as an old woman comes to demand the surrender of the key. But what key? Where is it? Who has it? This leads Marcus on a very harrowing chase to find the answers. He learns of a magical library that holds the books of finished and unfinished lives, the goal of the Library "agents" being ...more
Janet
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Enter the Library, where no one knows how the stories end . . . and finding out will be terrifying."

"There’s a place beyond this world, beyond the land of the living, where ghosts go to write their unfinished stories—stories that ended too soon. It’s a place for unexplained phenomena: mysteries that have never been solved, spirits that have never been laid to rest. And there’s only one way in or out."

"It’s called the Library, and you can get there with a special key. But beware! Don’t start
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Nadina
Jun 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ssyra-6-8-2018
I feel the concept of this book was cool, but it felt like it took a long time to get to the action of the story. The pace just felt really slow to me. I also found it took a whole for the characters to have much form of development at all.
I didn't really like Marcus either, he seemed rather immature and rash for a main character. He didn't seem to have any care for his friends safety while trying to rescue his parents, which I understand wanting to rescue your parents but to disregard your
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Bridget Neace
May 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vrc-19-20, pfn-19-20
Yay new series!

Marcus O’Mara is used to disagreeing with his adoptive parents; what he isn’t used to is being haunted! Why is a strange man in a bathrobe following him? Who is the creepy old lady and why does she keep telling Marcus to “Surrender the key”? When Marcus does come across an old, mysterious key, he discovers it has the ability to take him to a strange place called the “Library;” but it’s not just any old library—this Library is full of unfinished stories. Now it’s up to Marcus to
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Lynn
"No Dewey Decimal system here"
"Don't all books have endings?"
Great starting place for adventure whether you believe in ghosts or not, after all, libraries contain all sorts of mysteries - if you're willing!
I have a small issue with the boat threads being dropped into the story near the end. I also think Theo was convinced too easily. And, I don't see how these three became friends - usually if 2 or 3 'misfits' are close friends, there is some common bond. Minor issues.
And we just know that box
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Terri Floccare
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Our lives stories are being written and kept in "The Library". Most books are finished and shelved, but some books remain unfinished and need help for the story to be completed. Marcus, Lu and Theo are the trio honest, brave and true enough to complete the stories. Unfortunately, completing the story usually means coming up against a supernatural being who doesn't want the story completed - in this case a boggin.

There aren't many horror stories written for the middle grade reader. This is a good
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Desiree
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
D.J. MacHale has just penned a great horror story for the tween set. I really liked the way he set the tone for the novel in the introduction. The reader now knows that there will be more books in the series(yeah!) and that each book is it's own entity. You don't have to read them in order! What I loved about this book is the serious creepy factor. D.J. perfectly blends horror with believable scenarios. I finished this book in 2 days. It's a great read for tweens who like something scary but ...more
Danielle Norris
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Such a good book! I saw the author at TxLa and the book sounded fabulous but I can not handle scary books so I I asked the author if it was too scary and he assured me I could handle it... He didn't lie. This book was exciting and a bit scary.
I think my students will love this book and the series that is to come. Great for middle grade readers.
The premise of the series is that there are books that have been left unfinished and someone has to see them to their end. After this firs book they can
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Helen
A Sunshine State Reader 2018 (Grades 6-8). A joy to read, mysterious and unusual..."Do you believe in ghosts?" That was a question each of the three young friends had to answer in the affirmative as each of them faced unusual circumstances that could be explained in no other way. The Boggin could take any form, and it wanted the key to the Library of unfinished stories. But the three are intent on capturing it before it does more evil and mischief. There are some tense times.
This is the first in
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Laura
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Nice for its genre, opens the opportunity for infinite more books, I'd've probably liked it more if I liked horror at all! But not too scary for me, plus the draw of having a Library as the basis for adventure is always awesome. Great characters, especially the main character being a middle-school boy who was adopted near birth. Loved the realistic and not always wonderful interactions with his parents and the subplot of finding out more about his birthparents.
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He was raised in Greenwich, CT and graduated from Greenwich High School. While in school, he had several jobs including collecting eggs at a poultry farm, engraving sports trophies and washing dishes in a steakhouse...in between playing football and running track. D.J. then attended
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