|Plot Summary of The Boggart|
|"The Volniks are a modern Toronto family: Mother Maggie owns an antique shop, father Robert is artistic director of a playhouse, and the kids are Jessup, 10, and his slightly older sister Emily. The family learns they have inherited a distant relation's castle on an island in a Scottish loch; they go over to visit the place, realize they could never live there, and sell it. But among the few things they bring back to Canada unknowingly is the castle's long-time resident, a boggart -- a mostly invisible spirit that lives to create mischief and trickery. A lot of strange things start to happen to the Volniks, from their home, shop and playhouse to Jessup's school hockey practice, and a nosy psychiatrist and TV news crew start to upset their lives almost as much as their mysterious guest. The author of the Dark Is Rising quartet published this story for older kids in 1993."
David Loftus, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Boggart|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 10%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 30%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 40%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 20%
Tone of book
- humorous or laughable
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- fantasy story on current Earth
Coming of age
Mental/magical powers focus
- bad magical powers hunting non/weaker magical(s) (fantasy)
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Kid's book (ages 7-14)
- An "It".
Has magical/special powers?
Magical/mental powers of main character:
- can change shapes
- can fly
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- 20th century
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- no torture/death
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- some scientific explanation
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog
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