The Boggart

by Susan Cooper

In a deft meshing of ancient magic and modern culture, the lives of three contemporary... read more

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. (Ages 9-12)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1993

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