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Apt. 3 by Ezra Jack Keats
Beekeeping for Beginners by Laurie R. King
Black Wind by Clive Cussler and Dirk Cussler
The Boggart by Susan Cooper
Cat Comes Too by Hazel Hutchins
Catch that Cat by Monika Beisner
Dandelion by Don Freeman
Doll Bones by Holly Black
Drama by Raina Telgemeier
The Emperor's Code by Gordon Korman
Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
The Frog Princess by E.D. Baker
In Lucia's Neighborhood by Pat Shewchuk
Jenny and the Cat Club by Esther Averill
Ladybug Girl by David Soman
The Last Camel Died at Noon by Elizabeth Peters
Lizard by Banana Yoshimoto
Man in the Empty Suit by Sean Ferrell
Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Salley Mavor
Sorcerers & Secretaries, Volume 1 by Amy Kim Ganter
Revenge of the Mooncake Vixen by Marilyn Chin
Sticks & Scones by Diane Mott Davidson
Stitch Head by Guy Bass
Storm Front by Jim Butcher
The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
The Tenth Good Thing About Barney by Judith Viorst
The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
Twenties Girl by Sophie Kinsella
Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears by Verna Aardema
Winter Study by Nevada Barr
Zombie Haiku: Good Poetry for Your... Brains by Ryan Mecum

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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The Boggart: 08/22/13

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The Boggart by Susan Cooper is about a mischievous magical creature who suddenly finds itself in Canada. After the death of the old Laird and his dog, the Volnik family — distant relatives — inherit the old Castle Keep.

The Boggart's main problem is ending up with a family who doesn't believe in magic. As the castle didn't come with instructions re magical beings, his pranks both at the castle and later in in the Volnik's home go unnoticed at first. Rather than stop (as that's not in its nature) he resorts to bigger and bigger pranks until they become dangerous!

Although the book is dated (especially in terms of the computer hardware that's central to the plot) it's still an enjoyable read. I listened to it on audio and found myself sucked right in.

There's a sequel called The Boggart and the Monster (1997).

Five stars

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