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The Boggart and the Monster, a sequel to The Boggart, is a clever and lively 200 page fantasy for children written by the highly acclaimed and award winning novelist Susan Cooper and first published in 1997. The Boggart, a mischievous shape-shifting spirit has lived in the Scottish castle for centuries. FIn this novel, the Canadian children Emily and Jessup return to Scotland for an adventure, joining their old friend Tommy and Mr. Maconochie, the new owner of Castle Keep, on a trip to Loch Ness, where a new expedition is determined to find the fabled monster. Of course, the fun-loving Boggart comes along for the ride, and wherever the Boggart goes, things are bound to get lively. But this time, the Boggart has a serious mission. His cousin Nessie is trapped in the monster shape he assumed long ago, and it's up to the Boggart to keep Nessie from being discovered by the expedition's high-tech equipment. Is modern science any match for the Boggart's ancient magic? The novel has received a warm reception. The New York Times Book Review characterizes the narrative as "Swiftly plotted and densely populated, zipping along with the speed of a video game." * Another review points out the significance of the conception and the style: "Cooper adroitly incorporates ancient lore into a contemporary setting while producing an imaginative and compelling tale."
In a tumbledown castle in the Scottish highlands lives the Boggart - an invisible ancient mischievous spirit.
The Dark Is Rising Sequence: Silver on the Tree, The Grey King, Greenwitch, The Dark Is Rising, Over Sea, Under Stoneby Susan Fenimore Cooper
1. Over Sea, Under Stone: Three children on vacation in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which sends them on a dangerous quest that entraps them in the eternal battle between the forces of the Light and the Dark. They search for a grail that will reveal the true story of King Arthur. 2. The Dark is Rising: On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark. 3. Jane's invitation to witness the making of the Greenwitch begins a series of sinister events in which she and her two brothers help the Old Ones recover the grail stolen by the Dark. 4. The Grey King: Will Stanton, visiting in Wales, is swept into a desperate quest to find the golden harp and to awaken the ancient Sleepers. 5. In this conclusion of the tale begun in "Over Sea, Under Stone," Will Stanton, the Welsh boy Bran, and the Drew children try to locate the crystal sword that alone can vanquish the strong forces of Dark.
"for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for [eleven-year-old Will Stanton], though outwardly normal, is strangely wonderful as he is drawn through terror and delight" in his quest for the six magical signs. [This text is listed as an example that meets Common Core Standards in English language arts in grades 6-8 at http://www.corestandards.org.]
"You aren't really old enough to be frightened," said Derek's father, and it was true. The German planes that flew over daily on their way to bomb London fascinated Derek and his friends, Peter and Geoff, and they always cheered the RAF planes that went to intercept them, but even when a near miss closed their school for a few days, their interest in the bomb crater was detached and scientific. Far more engrossing was the camp they were building at the bottom of an old ditch dug for a housing project that had never been finished. It was to be their secret meeting place, and they would keep their most treasured possessions there. Gradually, however, things changed. As the night raids grew more severe, Derek began to worry about the camp, and he became increasingly aware of his parents' fear. Yet it was not bombs that destroyed the camp in the end, but a tough gang from the next street. Enlisting the aid of an older neighbor, Derek and Peter and Geoff engaged in a furious battle of vengeance with the gang. Then, for the first time, they saw violent grown-up hatred, and then, too, they began to know the meaning of fear. Susan Cooper, author of the popular Over Sea, Under Stone, brings the sensitivity and insight of a highly gifted writer to this story of a boy's gradual awakening to an awareness of the adult world. It is a suspenseful, moving, and memorable book.
Green Boy is an imaginative and culturally revealing 200 page fantasy for children written by the highly acclaimed and award winning novelist Susan Cooper and first published in 2002. Twelve-year-old Trey and seven-year-old Lou, who does not speak, cross the barrier between two worlds, that of their island in the Bahamas, and a land called Pangaia, and play a mysterious role in restoring the natural environment in both places. The natural habitat of their Bahaman island is being threatened by foreign developers, while the world of Pangaia is a dystopian extrapolation of environmentally destructive trends. The world has become a large sprawling city shrouded in smog, Run-away genetic experiments have unbalanced nature, and the government has degenerated into a repressive police state. People concerned about the environment are forced to live in the underground. They know about the window that opens at rare times between the worlds, and they have plans for Tray and Lou. This short novel shows another side of Susan Cooper, the celebrated author of award winning children's fantasy. The view of nature depicted in the work is informed by the Gaia hypothesis, and the struggle between good and evil takes the political form of a conflict between those who want to own and exploit the land and those who want to harmonize with it and preserve its blessings.
Simon, Jane, and Barney, enlisted by their mysterious great-uncle, arrive in a small coastal town to help recover a priceless golden grail stolen by the forces of evil, the Dark.
Gr 5-8-While recovering from hepatitis, Will Stanton is sent to a farm in Wales where he is soon caught up in the battle against "the Dark." He struggles to recall the prophetic lines he once memorized and gradually, as he learns the local place names of the geographic features around him, the meaning of the lines becomes clear to him. Through Bran, a young boy with mysterious origins who becomes Will's friend, Will fulfills the prophecies and once again defeats the Dark. This fourth book of Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising series (S&S Childrens, 1975) won the 1976 Newbery Medal. Twenty-five years later, it is still as powerful and mesmerizing as when it was first published. Richard Mitchley's reading is excellent and heightens listeners' enjoyment of Cooper's prose. His ease with Welsh pronunciation and the distinctive cadence of Welsh English adds greatly to the authenticity of the story's setting, which is an essential element of this book. He gives the characters distinctive voices without actually doing voices for each. Children not familiar with the earlier books in the series may find the basic premise a bit confusing since Will's status as an "old one" and the conflict between the light and the dark are not given much explanation. However, this audiobook is so well done that those who enjoy fantasy will relish it. It will also be a good choice for older children with reading disabilities when they need to "read" a Newbery title.
King of Shadows is a short to medium length time travel novel written by Susan Cooper, the highly acclaimed children's fantasy writer and author of the Newbery Award winning fantasy sequence The Dark is Rising. The work reflects Susan Cooper's interest in the theater. While in London as part of an all-boy acting company preparing to perform in a replica of the famous Globe Theater, Nat Field suddenly finds himself transported back to 1599 and performing in the original theater under the tutelage of Shakespeare himself. Nat undergoes a growing up experience that helps him overcome the trauma of an earlier family tragedy. The novel is written in the first person, and the writing style is remarkably clear, coherent, and vibrant in the way it captures the tough-minded, colloquial effects of Nat's thinking.
Three children on a holiday in Cornwall find an ancient manuscript which sends them on a dangerous quest for a grail that would reveal the true story of King Arthur and that entraps them in the eternal battle between the forces of the Light and the forces of the Dark.
West and Cally are wrenched by catastrophe out of reality into a perilous world through which they must travel toward the sea.
The Dark is rising in its last and greatest bid to control the world. And Will Stanton--last-born of the immortal Old Ones, dedicated to keeping the world free--must join forces with his ageless master Merriman and Bran, the Welsh boy whose destiny ties him to the Light. Drawn in with them are the three Drew children, who are mortal, but have their own vital part in the story These six fight fear and death in the darkly brooding Welsh hills, in a quest through time and space that touches the most ancient myths of the British Isles, and that brings Susan Cooper's masterful sequence of novels to a satisfying close.
A high-seas adventure that follows the stories of an eleven-year-old girl in the present day, and an eleven-year-old boy in 1803 serving in the English Royal Navy aboard the HMS.
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