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The Boggart and the Monster (Aladdin Fantasy)

Press:Simon & Schuster Margaret K. McElderry Books; Reprint edition (June 1, 2004)
Publication Date:2004-5
Author Name:Cooper, Susan/ Rayyan, Omar


He's back -- and up to his old tricks!  It's been two years since Emily and Jess Volnik visited ancient Castle Keep in Scotland and made the acquaintance of the Boggart, a mischievous shape-shifting spirit who has lived in the castle for centuries. 
Now they've returned for another Scottish adventure, joining their old friend Tommy and Mr.
Maconochie, the new owner of Castle keep, on a trip to Loch Ness, where a new expedition is determined to find the fabled monster.
Of course, the fun-loving Boggart comes along for the ride, and wherever the Bogart goes, things are bound to get lively.
But this time the Boggart has a serious mission.
His cousin Nessie is trapped in the monster shape he assumed long ago, and it's up to the Boggart to keep Nessie from being discovered by the expedition's high-tech equipment.
Is modern science any match for the Boggart's ancient magic?

From Publishers Weekly

This follow-up to The Boggart teams the invisible sprite with the Loch Ness Monster. 
In a starred review, PW said, "Cooper adroitly incorporates ancient lore into a contemporary setting while producing an imaginative and compelling tale." Ages 8-12.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Grade 5-7. 
The mystery of the Loch Ness monster has finally been solved?at least according to Susan Cooper?he's a boggart.
In this engaging sequel to the tremendously popular The Boggart (McElderry, 1993), Emily and Jessup Volnik are visiting Mr.
Maconochie, a retired Edinburgh lawyer who has purchased the Volniks' anecestral home, Castle Keep.
At the same time, a group of scientists are about to mount an exhaustive search for the illusive Nessie, utilizing the latest in robot submersibles.
When Mr.
Mac and his young charges plan a camping trip to Loch Ness, the Boggart, inadvertently trapped in the camping gear, comes too.
Nessie, "mattressed on mud and blanketed with slime," has long since forgotten his boggart origins, but the Boggart, feeling a strong connection with his long-lost cousin, is determined to rescue him from the scientists.
The explanations of how this all plays out are not as seamless as in the earlier book, and the delightful mischievousness of the Boggart is not maintained when he sentimentally steps out of character to lead his cousin to safety.
Nevertheless, these plotting contrivances are balanced by Cooper's exquisite use of language and complex character development.
A climactic tour de force, in which the Boggart creates havoc by inhabiting the computer of the remotely operated vehicle, will have young readers cheering.
Maintaining suspense until the final pages, Cooper successfully blends technology and ancient beliefs to give readers a fresh spin on Nessie's origins.
This entertaining romp can be appreciated as a gratifying fantasy and a thought-provoking story on the nature of freedom and the transforming power of love.?Caroline Ward, Nassau Library System, Uniondale, NYCopyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

The shape-shifting Scottish spirit who sprang to vivid, mischievous life in The Boggart (1993) is back times two in a new adventure.
The Volniks, Jessup and Emily, have returned to Scotland to visit Castle Keep, Mr.
Maconochie (its new owner), their friend Tommy Cameron, and, of course, the castle's longtime resident, the Boggart.
On a visit to Loch Ness, where scientist Harold Pindle is leading an expedition to crack the mystery of the lake's most famous resident, Mr.
Maconochie and the children discover that the Boggart has stowed away in their camping gear and has made contact with a long-lost cousin, who just happens to be the very creature Pindle is out to find.
This isn't quite as funny or suspenseful as the first book, perhaps because the Boggart is no longer a mystery to the Volniks.
But the plot has plenty of sparkling complications, and there are some fresh, funny faces to round out the cast of well-drawn old friends.
The clever premise and great characters will leave kids clamoring for more.
Stephanie Zvirin

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


*"Cooper adroitly incorporates ancient lore into a contemporary setting while producing an imaginative and compelling tale." (Publishers Weekly, starred 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.” (The New York Times Book Review)“Plenty of sparkling complications… The clever premise and great characters will leave kids clamoring for more." (Booklist)“Susan Cooper's inventive writing, infused with both scientific and magical elements, will captivate even the most disbelieving of young adults.” (Amazon.com)"A climactic tour de force…this entertaining romp can be appreciated as a gratifying fantasy and a thought-provoking story on the nature of freedom and the transforming power of love.” (School Library Journal)

About the Author

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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Comment List (Total:16)

  •     great book

  •     it was a pretty good read but it got a little boron in some parts because the details were stretched out.

  •     I had to read this book for a school book report. After reading the first page and reviews on Amazon I was expecting it to be a bit more exciting, but I found myself mentally...

  •     I absolutely loved this book. It was soo good! I hope Ms. Cooper continues the series, it's great. Thanks so much Ms. Cooper, for writing such a cool book.

  •     This book was so funny that I was bent over laughing! I listened to the audio tape, and I loved it. I didn't read the first one and picked this up at the library to listen to on a road trip with my daughter. It was clean, innocent, and in my opinion one of Susan Cooper's best.

  •     This tale is so well written it awakens the spirit of belief in the most rational of humans. I could smell the Scottish countryside and feel Angus fly.

  •     Was an excellent choice for my 8 year old grandaughter, a voracious reader, as was the book preceding it, The Boggart.

  •     The stupidest book I have ever read. The Monster and the Boggart by Susan Cooper was a very boring book that I wouldn't recommend to anyone.

  •     Boggart and the monsterBoggart and the monster written by Susan Cooper is a sensational book about a boy and his sister helping a ghostly...

  •     Love this story, great characters mixed with interesting supernatural plot. I liked this even more than the original book, The Boggart, which was also fantastic.

  •     Scotland's favorite mischief-making spirit is back in "The Boggart and the Monster," the sequel to Susan Cooper's half-comedic fantasy "The Boggart." While this book moves a little too quickly, Cooper's sense for the fantastical makes it an entertaining, sometimes bizarre read.The Boggart is back in Scotland, happily living in MacDevon castle, and playing pranks on the new owner. But then Jessup and Emily Volnik return to Scotland, and clue in the castle's relieved owner as to the nature of the family Boggart -- harmless, but loves mischief. But a trip to Loch Ness starts to mess things up -- Jessup and Emily encounter an investigator, working for an eccentric millionaire, who is trying to find the legendary Nessie.The problem is, the Loch Ness monster is actually a boggart, who sank into depression and sleep after his castle was destroyed. Despite the urgings of the Boggart, Nessie can't change form for very long -- he keeps popping back into his monster form. Now the Boggart and his friends must tackle the best of modern technology, to keep Nessie hidden.Like most sequels, it's best to read "The Boggart" before tackling "The Boggart and the Monster." But don't expect a stale rehash. Cooper gives her story about boggarts a new twist with the Loch Ness monster. What's more, she manages to weave in the legend of Nessie, without making it feel like a cash-in-on-a-mystery-creature book.The story goes at a more breakneck pace than the first book, and at times it's easy to lose track of it. But Cooper's writing is vivid and compelling, bringing the lakes, hills and ruined castles of Scotland to life. And she gets into the heads of the boggarts wonderfully -- Nessie's loneliness and depression, and the Boggart's desperation and giddy enjoyment.Jessup and Emily are nice heroes, not exceptional but well-drawn and likable. The Boggart himself is the scene-stealer -- one minute he'll be cheerleading Nessie, then pulling dog's tails, and making an ROV explorer do an underwater dance. And Nessie is a nice addition, a rather pitiful boggart who has lost his knack for boggartry.Susan Cooper serves up a solid sequel in "The Boggart and the Monster," returning to the world of Celtic sprites and spirits. Fun and enjoyable.

  •     The Boggart and the Monster is as exciting as Susan Cooper's first Boggart book (The Boggart). This is a fast paced, entertaining and witty book. I couldn't put it down!This book is an exciting read not only because the Boggart is up to his old tricks, but also because the favorite characters of the first book (Jessup, Emily & Tommy) appear again and the character of the Boggart is developed and begins to take shape a definitive shape of his own.Susan Cooper draws you into the story in a way that makes you believe in magic.Reading this book you feel like a kindred spirit with the Boggart (not to mention the Monster, the children and Mr. Mac).

  •     My eight-year-old son loved this book so much he insisted we write a review. He says: "This book is very entertaining and exciting; it has very interesting plot and is funny. The Boggart is back and is up to his tricks again. This book will make you laugh and feel concerned about Nessie's predicament. I would call this hysterical fiction!" (That's a play on historical fiction.) I did walk in on him laughing as he was reading it, and he recommends it to all of his friends.

  •     My ten year old son loves me to read to him, but he does not like to read anything for himself except comic books. He really enjoyed reading this book and considers it his favorite.

  •     As my family read this book and later listened to it on audiocassette, my wife and I both thought that this would make an excellent text for a quality kids movie that would also appeal to adults. This fun-loving story of kids helping a "mythical" creature while adults either belittle their efforts or try to take advantage of them contains the features that made many of the original Disney stories so much fun. The antics of the lovable boggart and his human allies Emily and Jesup as they try to save "Nessie" are easy to visualize.Our son was 7 when we first introduced him to the story; he was bored and disinterested by it. However, when we reintroduced it a year later he loved it and promptly began making plans to visit Scotland to find a boggart of his own. That extra maturity was needed to appreciate the joys of the book and thoughtful humor that is presented.This is a great story for older children developing an understanding of the subtleties of human nature. Particularly how "villains" are not always as dastardly as they may initially appear and how even heros have struggles and challenges to overcome. It also does a good job of illustrating how a brother and sister can work together to solve a problem.

  •     Its was a funny and amuzing book a must read in my opinion. Very well written. I am hopeful for another sequel.


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