The boggart

Author Cooper, Susan,
Language English
Publisher
New York ; Aladdin Paperbacks, 2004




Annotation:

Children's ebooks



Subjects :

  • Juvenile fiction
  • Supernatural
  • Fiction
  • Magic
  • Humorous stories
  • Surnaturel
  • Romans, nouvelles etc. pour la jeunesse

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Middle and Junior High School Library Catalog, Ninth Edition, 2005 H.W. Wilson
  • Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 California Department of Education
  • Adventuring with Books: A Booklist for PreK-Grade 6, 12th Edition, 1999 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Children's Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 H.W. Wilson
  • Middle And Junior High School Library Catalog, Eighth Edition, 2000 H.W. Wilson
  • Suggested Books for RIF List ALSC American Library Association
  • YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults, 1999 American Library Association
  • Booklist Editors' Choice: Books for Youth, 1993 American Library Association
  • Children's Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 H.W. Wilson
  • Horn Book Fanfare, 1993 Horn Book
  • Kirkus Book Review Stars, 1993
  • Lasting Connections, 1993 American Library Association
  • Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts, 1994 NCTE Children's Literature Assembly
  • Notable Children's Books, 1994 Association for Library Service to Children
  • School Library Journal Best Books, 1993 Cahners
  • A Few Good Books, 1993 Book Links

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • ABC Children's Booksellers Choices Award, 1994 Winner United States
  • Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children's Literature, 1994 Winner California United States
  • Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children's Literature, 1996 Finalist United States

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Massachusetts Children's Book Award, 1996-1997; Nominee Massachusetts
  • Maine Student Book Award, 1994-1995; Nominee Maine
  • Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award, 1998-1999; Nominee Minnesota
  • Nutmeg Children's Book Award, 1996; Nominee Connecticut
  • Prairie Pasque Award, 1996; Nominee South Dakota
  • Rebecca Caudill Young Readers' Book Award, 1995; Nominee Illinois
  • South Carolina Junior Book Award, 1996; Nominee South Carolina
  • Utah Children's Book Awards, 1995; Nominee Utah
  • Virginia State Young Readers' Award, 1995; Nominee Virginia
  • William Allen White Children's Book Award, 1995-1996; Master List Kansas
  • California Young Reader Medal, 1996; Nominee California
  • Charlie May Simon Children’s Book Award Reading List, 1995-1996; Nominee Arkansas
  • Flicker Tale Children's Book Award, 1995; Nominee North Dakota
  • Golden Sower Award, 1996; Nominee Nebraska
  • Great Stone Face Award, 1994-1995; Nominee New Hampshire
  • Great Stone Face Award, 1995-1996; Nominee New Hampshire
  • Indian Paintbrush Book Award, 1995; Nominee Wyoming
  • Iowa Children's Choice Award, 1995-1996; Nominee Iowa
  • Voice of Youth Award, 2001-2002; Nominee Illinois

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Reading Measurement Programs:


0689869304
Aladdin Paperbacks (New York ;) 2004.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 6.1
Accelerated Reader Points 8


0689801734
Aladdin () 1995.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 6.1
Accelerated Reader Points 8

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 7
Accelerated Reader Points 12


0689505760
M.K. McElderry Books ; (New York:) 1993.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 6.1
Accelerated Reader Points 8

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 7
Accelerated Reader Points 12


0590482106
Scholastic () 1993.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 1030
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 3-5
Reading Level 7
Accelerated Reader Points 12

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Reviews :

Susie Wilde (Children's Literature)
The author, best known for her "Dark is Rising" series, blends fantasy and reality in her newest novel. A mischievous spirit is transported from his Scottish castle to the Canadian home of two young adolescents, one of whom is a computer genius. Old magic and new technology mingle with mystery, suspense, humor and messages about pompous adults who wrongly judge kids in the throes of adolescence. 1993, McElderry Books, $15.00 and $3.95. Ages 9 up.
(PUBLISHER: Aladdin, PUBLISHED: 1995.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
Newbery Medalist Cooper (The Grey King) spins a tale both haunting and comic, in which a Scottish spirit inadvertently moved to Canada pines for his ancestral manse. Ages 8-12. (Aug.)
(PUBLISHER: Aladdin, PUBLISHED: 1995.)

Robin F. Whitten (Audiofile, September 1995)
Listeners follow the antics of a mischievous, invisible spirit, a boggart, from his ancestral home in a Scottish castle to modern Toronto. Susan Cooper's story will delight a wide range of ages, especially when teamed with David Rintoul's marvelous narration. Beginning the tale in Scotland, Rintoul portrays the boggart at his ancestral haunts with an endearing brogue. All too soon the action moves to Toronto where the boggart must adjust to modern living and a new world of gadgets. Rintoul describes the hilarious results with just the right touch of restraint and believability yet obviously delights in the narrative. This is a family treat. R.F.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 1994, Listening Library, Four cassettes, 4.75 hrs., Book pak, $29.98.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library ;distributed by Recorded Books (Old Greenwich Conn.:) (Prince Frederick Md.:), PUBLISHED: [1996])

Robin F. Whitten (Audiofile, September 1995)
Listeners follow the antics of a mischievous, invisible spirit, a boggart, from his ancestral home in a Scottish castle to modern Toronto. Susan Cooper's story will delight a wide range of ages, especially when teamed with David Rintoul's marvelous narration. Beginning the tale in Scotland, Rintoul portrays the boggart at his ancestral haunts with an endearing brogue. All too soon the action moves to Toronto where the boggart must adjust to modern living and a new world of gadgets. Rintoul describes the hilarious results with just the right touch of restraint and believability yet obviously delights in the narrative. This is a family treat. R.F.W. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 1994, Listening Library, Four cassettes, 4.75 hrs., Book pak, $29.98.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library (Old Greenwich CT:), PUBLISHED: p1994.)

Stephanie Zvirin (Booklist, Jan. 15, 1993 (Vol. 89, No. 10))
In this winning mixture of fantasy and reality, Cooper shows us that ancient magic and computers aren't as far apart as we might think. When 12-year-old Emily Volnik receives the desk she sent back to her Canadian home from Castle Keep, the Scottish castle her family inherited from a distant relative, she has no idea that opening it will loose the Boggart, a mischievous spirit who's lived in the castle for centuries. But liberate him she does, and his contact with the modern-day world and with Emily and her younger brother, Jess, leads to all kinds of humorous and dramatic consequences--not the least of which is unpleasant Dr. Stigmore's theory that the onset of Emily's puberty has caused her to become psychokinetic. Emily and Jess eventually endear themselves to us, but it's the Boggart--who loves peanut butter and ice cream and the joy of turning people's lives upside down--who's the real charmer here. Like a mischievous child, too young to realize the consequences of actions, the Boggart is maddening and endearing in the same breath, and when he returns to his castle home, readers will miss him every bit as much as Jess and Emily will. Category: Middle Readers. 1993, Macmillan/Margaret K. McElderry, $14.95. Gr. 4-6.
(PUBLISHER: M.K. McElderry Books ;Maxwell Macmillan Canada ;Maxwell Macmillan International (New York:) (Toronto:) (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Susie Wilde (Children's Literature)
The author, best known for her "Dark is Rising" series, blends fantasy and reality in her newest novel. A mischievous spirit is transported from his Scottish castle to the Canadian home of two young adolescents, one of whom is a computer genius. Old magic and new technology mingle with mystery, suspense, humor and messages about pompous adults who wrongly judge kids in the throes of adolescence. 1993, McElderry Books, $15.00 and $3.95. Ages 9 up.
(PUBLISHER: M.K. McElderry Books ;Maxwell Macmillan Canada ;Maxwell Macmillan International (New York:) (Toronto:) (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

CCBC (Cooperative Children's Book Center Choices, 1993)
In a deft meshing of ancient magic and modern culture, the lives of three contemporary children become entangled with the Boggart, a mischievous spirit from the Western Highlands of Scotland. Inadvertently transported from Scotland to the U.S.A., the Boggart makes his American debut with small tricks: hiding hockey sticks and hats, rearranging bookshelves and filling the sugar bowl with salt. But in a country which has forgotten the Wild Magic, the Boggart's antics cause tension instead of the usual Scottish tolerance. Bewildered by the many differences of his new home, the Boggart is amazed by the unfamiliar, but when he begins toying with traffic signals and streetcar wires, his innocent pranks become dangerous. This story of the collision of magic with mundane life satisfyingly concludes in an imaginative but believable mix of fantasy and computer technology. CCBC categories: Fiction For Children. 1993, McElderry Books, 196 pages, $18.95. Ages 9-12.
(PUBLISHER: M.K. McElderry Books ;Maxwell Macmillan Canada ;Maxwell Macmillan International (New York:) (Toronto:) (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Kirkus (Kirkus Reviews, 1993)
In Cooper's classic The Dark is Rising cycle, Will Stanton, an ordinary boy, is also one of the powerful "Old Ones" engaged in the age-old struggle against evil. Now, in a longawaited return, Cooper turns to a different representative of the "Old Magic": a homely mischief-maker. From time immemorial, the invisible Boggart has lived in a Scottish castle, enjoying the sport of teasing and mystifying each new human occupant before settling down to his own peculiar brand of an affectionate relationship. The latest heir is a Canadian theater director, who brings his children (Jessup and Emily) for a brief visit before the castle is sold. Between long naps in odd corners, the Boggart makes himself known with baffling pranks--inventive but never malicious; when he curls up to snooze in a desk, he's accidentally shipped to Toronto, where he makes some delightful discoveries (pizza, peanut butter) but also tangles with modern technology, which--though it can marvelously enhance his tricks (notably, when he invades the theater's computer-run lights) leads to some dangerously unpredictable results. Cleverly getting into Jessup's computer, he manages to deliver a time-honored message: he wants to go home. A comfortably old-fashioned story, told with Cooper's usual imagination and grace: the Boggart is entrancing--a magically witty mix of fey spirit, comfort-loving eat, old man set in his ways, and child taking gleeful delight in his own mischief--of which there is plenty, all splendidly comical. 1993, McElderry, $14.95. Starred Review. © 1993 Kirkus Reviews/VNU eMedia, Inc. All rights reserved.
(PUBLISHER: M.K. McElderry Books ;Maxwell Macmillan Canada ;Maxwell Macmillan International (New York:) (Toronto:) (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly)
The Boggart, a Scottish spirit delighting in practical jokes, is ``one of the Old Things of the world'' and belongs ``to the cold separate heart of the Wild Magic.'' When the Volniks, a Canadian family, inherit the castle where the Boggart has lived for centuries, the shape-shifting mischief maker is accidentally transported to Toronto, where he discovers greater opportunities for trickery than he has ever imagined. Much gentle slapstick ensues when the ancient being visits Mrs. Volnik's antique shop and the theater run by Mr. Volnik. It falls to the Volnik children, Emily and Jessup, to befriend the prankster and send him home. Although far more lightheartedly, this boisterous romp draws upon the same powerful pre-Christian magic at the heart of Cooper's well-known Dark Is Rising sequence. Aside from all that is amusing and spooky, this tale offers a firmly grounded and utterly non-didactic introduction to some of the differences between the Old World and the New. Ages 9-12. (Feb.)
(PUBLISHER: M.K. McElderry Books ;Maxwell Macmillan Canada ;Maxwell Macmillan International (New York:) (Toronto:) (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Betsy Hearne (The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, March 1993 (Vol. 46, No. 7))
The Boggart is an invisible, indestructible Celtic mischief maker who becomes wary of attachment to those whom he is bound to outlive. When the last MacDevon clan chief dies and leaves his crumbling castle to his heirs, a Canadian family named Volnik, the Boggart gets trapped in a desk shipped from Scotland. His ancient presence in a modern world electrifies (literally) Emily and Jessup Volnik's lives until they finally figure out what he is and how to ship him back home in a computer game that could either save or lose him forever. Cooper's careful groundwork in establishing contrasted settings of a Scottish loch and a modern city, her sure quickstudies of the inhabitants, and her overlay of the mechanical and the emotional make this an absorbing but sharp departure from her more formal Dark Is Rising series. The scene in which the Boggart creates havoc and then art by manipulating the keyboard for lighting a Shakespeare play casts a real spell, while a psychiatrist's subscribing to the supernatural in "exorcising" Emily's "anger" (how else to account for the household chaos?) satirizes bogus magic, not to mention bogus publicity. Dr. Stigmore is a bit of contrived villainy that breaks tone with the rest of the book, but young readers steeped in Stephen King culture may, in fact, appreciate him as slapstick humor. Using both electronics and theater as metaphors for magic, Cooper has extended the world of high fantasy into contemporary children's lives through scenes superimposing the ordinary and the extraordinary; children will return the compliment by considering anew the possibilities of both. R--Recommended. Reviewed from galleys (c) Copyright 1993, The Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois. 1993, McElderry, [208p], $14.95. Grades 5-7.
(PUBLISHER: M.K. McElderry Books ;Maxwell Macmillan Canada ;Maxwell Macmillan International (New York:) (Toronto:) (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

Gary D. Schmidt (The Five Owls, May/June 1993 (Vol. 7, No. 5))
More than fifteen years have passed since the final volume of The Dark Is Rising sequence was published, and a full decade since Susan Cooper's last fantasy, Seaward. Those eagerly awaiting Cooper's return to this genre will not be disappointed with The Boggart. Like her earlier novels, this one fuses the experience of contemporary children with ancient mythic creatures--here the invisible and spirited Boggart, who loves to sleep and make mischief on the inhabitants of Castle Keep. In despair over the death of the last Scottish owner of the castle, the Boggart has gone to sleep, only to be awakened by the noise and bustle of the castle's new owners, a family from Toronto. They, however, cannot keep the castle and have come only to arrange for its sale. When they ship some of the castle's furniture back to Toronto, the Boggart is accidentally shipped along. Once in Toronto, he finds an entirely new world, and he stays close to the children. Though Jessup and Emily come to recognize his presence, their parents, having grown up in a world where the Old Magic has been discounted, grope for other explanations of the strange tricks being played on the family. It is left to the children to find a way to return the Boggart to his Scottish home, for which he yearns. The distinction between the scientific realism of the modern world and the imaginative possibilities of the Old Magic dominate the novel, and the successful resolution of the Boggart's dilemma in fact rests upon the successful union of the new technology with the Old Magic. But this is a fragile and tenuous union; those familiar with Cooper's abilities to generate suspense will anticipate the power of her final scenes, where the Boggart must take a chance with what he perceives to be modern magic in order to return home. Unlike The Dark Is Rising or Silver on the Tree, The Boggart is not dominated by the high seriousness of the quest, or the battle between good and evil. The tone is much lighter and even at times comic. Yet at the same time Cooper is able to make rich distinctions between the bustle of Toronto and the quiet of Scotland, between the new technology and the Old Magic, between imagination and pseudo-scientific pretension. Cooper is able to achieve these different effects by working from the perspective of not only the children, but also the Boggart. The result is a delightful and quick read, with a conclusion perhaps not as high and noble and cosmic as that of Silver on the Tree but in its own way just as satisfying and just as complete. 1993, McElderry, $14.95. Ages 9 up.
(PUBLISHER: M.K. McElderry Books ;Maxwell Macmillan Canada ;Maxwell Macmillan International (New York:) (Toronto:) (New York:), PUBLISHED: c1993.)

David Bennett (Books for Keeps No. 90, January 1995)
A Boggart of the Old Magic melds into the modern magic of computer technology in this very clever story set in both Scotland and Toronto. From his ancestral home in a crumbling Scottish castle, he's accidentally moved with the furniture to hi-tech city-life where the food, thrills and spills might be more electrifying for a while but soon the longing to return calls for desperate measures. Well-written, humorous and well-paced, this ought to be popular with any youngster who relishes a good yarn. Category: Junior/Middle. . ...., Puffin, £3.99 pbk. Ages 8 to 10.
(PUBLISHER: Puffin (London:), PUBLISHED: 1994.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
New York ; Aladdin Paperbacks, 2004

Media Type: Language Material
196 p. ;
(j813/.54)
0689869304
9780689869303
Old Greenwich Conn.: Listening Library ;, 1996

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
4 sound cassettes (4 hr. 47 min.):
PZ7.C7878 ([Fic])
0807274313
9780807274316
In container (22 cm.).
Title from container.
"Unabridged Children's."-Container.
Aladdin, 1995

Media Type: Language Material
p.
([Fic])
0689801734
9780689801730
London: Puffin, 1994

Media Type: Language Material
182p.
(823.914)
0140364889
9780140364880
Old Greenwich CT Listening Library, 1994

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
4 sound cassettes (4 hr. 47 min.):
PZ7.C7878 ([Fic])
0736649662
0807274313
9780736649667
9780807274316
Also distributed by Books on Tape Inc.
Complete & unabridged.
Listening Lib., 1993

Media Type: Language Material
4ct.
([Fic])
002138178X
9780021381784
Unabridged recording of novel.
Scholastic, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
196p.
([Fic])
0590482106
9780590482103
London: Bodley Head, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
182p.
(823.914)
0370318293
9780370318295
New York: M.K. McElderry Books ;, 1993

Media Type: Language Material
196 p. ;
PZ7.C7878 ([Fic])
0689505760
9780689505768
New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 01

Media Type: Language Material
208
([Fic])
9780689832512
0689832516

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