The Boggart and the Monster
by Susan Cooper
From the author of the award-winning The Dark Is Rising
sequence, not to mention wife of the great actor Hume Cronyn,
comes this delightful sequel to The Boggart
Once again, Canadian siblings Emily and Jessup are in Argyllshire visiting the boggart-haunted Castle Keep which their father
inherited then sold to his Scottish lawyer, Mr. Maconochie, who is just now figuring out that he has a real, live boggart for
Together with Tommy, the boy from the local store who befriended them on their previous trip, the children go camping on the
shores of Loch Ness while a team of researchers uses high-tech equipment to search for the fabled monster. The head of the
project believes Nessie to be a plesiosaur; but when the Boggart comes along on the trip, he discovers a long-lost cousin
slumbering at the bottom of the loch, stuck in the form of an enormous sea monster, for the Loch Ness monster is not a
plesiosaur (or a kelpie, either), but a boggart!
And now, what with researchers on one hand and a media circus on the other, the Boggart of Castle Keep and the children have
their hands full. They have to get Nessie out of Loch Ness and out of the shape of the Loch Ness monster, so that he can go
back to being a respectable, mischievous boggart. With Tommy¬ís journalist father running around with a load of cameras, and
car accidents and other misadventures strewn in their way, it will take the combined concentration of two boggarts and five
people to help Nessie make the journey to Loch Linnhe and freedom. And indeed, it may take more magic still.
Backed by the awe-inspiring scenery of the Scottish highlands, perfumed by the heady scents of the Old Magic, touched by
romance and mischief and deep sorrowful longing, this is another terrific and spirited adventure to delight anyone
interested in magical beasts! (Besides boggarts, you may also learn a bit about selkies in this story.)
Recommended Age: 10+
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