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Curse of the Boggin (The Library Book 1)

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Curse of the Boggin (The Library Book 1)

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Leave the lights on for this first book in a new thriller series! The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Pendragon invites you to enter The Library, where the stories you can't finish just might finish you.

There's a place beyond this world where spirits tell their tales—stories that ended too soon, or don't end at all. It's a place for unexplainable things: mysteries without solutions. Ghosts. Boogeymen. They all have a story.

Marcus and his friends have found the key to unlock the Library. And they need to use it, because, clearly, something is up. Some strange guy in a bathrobe haunts them; fires rage and flare out in an instant; a creepy old lady shows up at Marcus's house. . . . At first Marcus thinks he's going nuts, until the terror gets real. The Library may hold some answers, but if there's an unfinished mystery, the three friends will have to complete the story . . . any way they possibly can.

"I'm not sure anyone does suspense quite like D. J. MacHale." —James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series
Leave the lights on for this first book in a new thriller series! The author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Pendragon invites you to enter The Library, where the stories you can't finish just might finish you.

There's a place beyond this world where spirits tell their tales—stories that ended too soon, or don't end at all. It's a place for unexplainable things: mysteries without solutions. Ghosts. Boogeymen. They all have a story.

Marcus and his friends have found the key to unlock the Library. And they need to use it, because, clearly, something is up. Some strange guy in a bathrobe haunts them; fires rage and flare out in an instant; a creepy old lady shows up at Marcus's house. . . . At first Marcus thinks he's going nuts, until the terror gets real. The Library may hold some answers, but if there's an unfinished mystery, the three friends will have to complete the story . . . any way they possibly can.

"I'm not sure anyone does suspense quite like D. J. MacHale." —James Dashner, New York Times bestselling author of the Maze Runner series
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    Chapter 1

    "Use your brains, people, for a change," Mr. Winser commanded impatiently as he prowled the aisles of third-period social studies class, hunting for his next victim.

    Winser had been teaching seventh-grade social studies since before I was born. Maybe before my parents were born. He was a fossil who wore wide ties that were so ugly, I couldn't tell if the hideous patterns were intentional or just a bunch of stains from spilled food.

    "Can someone please offer me an intelligent response?" he asked with disdain. "What were some of the negative impacts of evolution between the Homo erectus period and the Homo sapiens period?"

    Winser spun and pointed his finger at an unsuspecting girl.

    "Miss Oliver!" he declared.

    Gwen Oliver sat bolt upright, as if lightning had flown from Winser's fingertip. Gwen wasn't a social studies scholar. Or a math scholar. Or any kind of scholar, for that matter. She was the kind of girl who did her best to get through the day without having to think too much. Or at all.

    "Umm . . . ," she said, stalling, hoping Winser would move on.

    "Unacceptable!" he shouted. He said that a lot. "Stand up. Get the blood flowing to that underused brain of yours."

    Gwen gave him an uncertain look and didn't budge.

    "I said stand!" Winser barked.

    She stood slowly, with her shoulders slumped, while tugging at her long auburn hair nervously. All eyes were fixed on her. If it wasn't her worst nightmare, it sure came close.

    "Now, fill the room with your knowledge. Enlighten us all with your insightful thoughts on evolution."

    He might as well have asked her to explain cold fusion.

    "I . . . I don't know," she said in a voice so small that only highly trained rescue dogs could have heard it.

    "Unacceptable," he barked. "Have you read the material?"

    Gwen nodded and shrugged.

    "What does that mean?" he said, making an exaggerated shrug, imitating her.

    Gwen shrugged again. She looked ready to cry.

    "I'll answer for you," he said. "You read it, but you didn't understand it. Would that be accurate?"

    Gwen gave him a sad smile and a weak nod.

    "Pathetic. Sit!" Winser commanded, as if talking to a dog. "These are not difficult concepts, except to you, maybe."

    Gwen sat down, both relieved and humiliated. She may not have understood the chapter on evolution, but she sure didn't deserve to be treated like that.

    Winser spun and pointed right at me.

    "Marcus O'Mara."

    I didn't flinch. I was hoping he'd nail me.

    "I'm giving you a gift, Mr. O'Mara!" Winser exclaimed. "The underwhelming Miss Oliver is an easy act to follow." He chuckled at what he thought was a clever remark.

    Nobody else did.

    I stared straight at the guy and didn't answer.

    "Well?" Winser said impatiently.

    I looked him square in the eye and didn't say a word.

    "Did you hear me, Mr. O'Mara? Or are your ears as disengaged as your brain?"

    I did my best impersonation of a statue.

    "Should I interpret your silence as proof that you don't understand the material either?"

    I gave him nothing. Not a twitch. Not a blink.

    Winser fidgeted nervously. He wasn't used to having kids do anything but tremble in fear when he got in their faces.

    "I'm waiting for a response, Mr. O'Mara," Winser said, with a touch of...

About the Author-
  • D. J. MacHale is the author of the bestselling series Pendragon: Journal of an Adventure Through Time and Space, the spooky Morpheus Road trilogy, and the sci-fi thriller trilogy the SYLO Chronicles. In addition to his published works, he has written, directed, and produced numerous award-winning television series and movies for young people, including Are You Afraid of the Dark?, Flight 29 Down, and Tower of Terror. D.J. lives with his family in Southern California. You can find him at djmachalebooks.com.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    October 3, 2016
    Ghostly visitations, a bull attack, and a mysterious key are just a few of the elements MacHale (the Pendragon series) uses to creepy effect in this first book in his Library series. After seventh-grader Marcus O'Mara sees the ghost of Michael Swenor, a recently deceased New York City firefighter, he travels from Connecticut into the city to learn more, but he's shadowed by a menacing woman who tells him to "surrender the key." Swenor's widow gives Marcus the key in question and reveals that she knew Marcus's deceased biological parents. The truth about their deaths and the identity of the threatening woman lie in the Library, home to paranormal "disruptions"—in-progress, real-life stories. Enlisted as a library agent, Marcus attempts to "complete" Swenor's story, aided by best friends Lu and Theo, who round out an entertaining, quick-thinking, and racially diverse trio of heroes. Parental conflicts and school struggles add additional depth, but it's the eerie and enticing supernatural world that Marcus finds himself wrapped up in that will keep readers glued to this tense, fast-paced story. Ages 8–12. Agent: Richard Curtis, Richard Curtis Associates.

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