Susan Cooper is one of our foremost children's authors; her classic five-book fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising has sold millions of copies worldwide. Her many books have won the Newbery Medal, a Newbery Honor, and the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and been shortlisted five times for the Carnegie Medal. She combines fantasy with history in Victory (a Washington Post Top Ten for Children novel), King of Shadows and Ghost Hawk, and her magical The Boggart and the Monster, second in a trilogy, won the Scottish Arts Council's Children's Book Award. Susan Cooper lives on a saltmarsh island in Massachusetts, and you can visit her online at TheLostLand.com.
Gr 3-6ÄActor David Rintoul's Scottish brogue grabs listeners from the very beginning as he hints of a past tragedy and describes something large and peculiar that has been sleeping under the water, on and off, for 300 years. The Boggart and the Monster (S&S Childrens, 1997) is the sequel to Susan Cooper's popular The Boggart (McElderry, 1993). The story is well suited to an audio production, especially since the Boggart occasionally speaks in Gaelic, and it is wonderful to hear these phrases aloud. The Gaelic phrases are then translated as part of the storyline. In this story, Jessup and Emily Volnik return to Castle Keep to visit the Boggart, a mischievous house spirit, they met in the first book. When they go on a camping trip to Loch Ness, the Boggart accidentally stows away in their camping equipment. In Loch Ness, they find an expedition using submersible remotely operated vehicles to search for the infamous monster. The Boggart finds Nessie, his boggart cousin, who has lost his ability to change his shape and is trapped in the form of a huge monster. The Boggart and the children race against time and technology to save Nessie from capture and to help him change his life. This excellent production will be enjoyed in public and school libraries.ÄStephanie Miller, Boulder City Library, NV
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. (Aug.)
*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"