MacHale, D.J. Curse of the Boggin (The Library Book 1), 242 pgs. Random House Children’s Books, 2016. $16.99. Language G; Mature Content G; Violence PG (general spookiness).
Nine-year old Alec Swenor witnesses a supernatural murder. His story soon entwines with 7th grader Marcus O’Mara, who has a propensity for getting into trouble. Marcus gets swept up in the supernatural while serving time in detention and almost getting gored by a bull that doesn’t exist. Marcus pulls in the help of his two friends, Lu and Theo, who help him fight what they determine to be a Boggin. The mysterious Library holds some of the answers Marcus seeks, but he must act quickly to save those he loves.
Plusses for this book: MacHale has states that this is the first book in a series, and that it needs to be read first for the set-up, but that subsequent books can be read in any order. After finishing this book, I can totally see how each book can be unique but feed off the premise of this first book. The writing is engaging and fun with just the right amount of spookiness.
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