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The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising Sequence) (original 1973; edition 1999)

by Susan Cooper

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Title:The Dark is Rising (The Dark is Rising Sequence)
Authors:Susan Cooper
Info:Margaret K. McElderry Books (1999), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 232 pages
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The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper (1973)

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A challenging book for fans of Harry Potter. Not a lot of humor, but lots of darkness and suspense. A tough read -- but nothing crazy. Fine for any kids who can handle the challenge. ( )
  amydelpo | Dec 9, 2014 |
Read this at school in English and it has become one of my favourite books, though I haven't read it in years. I was excited when I heard it was going to be made into a movie, alas, the only things they kept were the title and the name of the main character, which is a shame as the book won literary awards (if I remember correctly :)) ( )
  SarahDowning | Oct 17, 2014 |
Read this at school in English and it has become one of my favourite books, though I haven't read it in years. I was excited when I heard it was going to be made into a movie, alas, the only things they kept were the title and the name of the main character, which is a shame as the book won literary awards (if I remember correctly :)) ( )
  SarahDowning | Oct 17, 2014 |
This was a decent read, I am still working through this series, but was a little put off by the abrupt change of pacing and the seeming character confusion from the first book to this. I plan to read on in the series, but found myself pushing forward to get through to the next story. ( )
  learn2laugh | Sep 14, 2014 |
just started it and can't get into it - seems to be targeting a young audience but feels too dark for that ( )
  jason9292 | Jul 16, 2014 |
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Susan Cooper meant, I think, to write an entertainment, not much more than that. She has succeeded. "The Dark is Rising" affords thunderous good fun.
 

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Susan Cooperprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cober, Alan E.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jennings, AlexNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pekkanen, PanuTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rikman, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Westrup, Jadwiga P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For Jonathan
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"Too many!" James shouted, and slammed the door behind him.
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When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back;
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone.

Iron for the birthday, bronze carried long;
Wood from the burning, stone out of song;
Fire in the candle-ring, water from the thaw;
Six Signs the circle, and the grail gone before.

Fire on the mountain shall find the harp of gold
Played to wake the Sleepers, oldest of the old;
Power from the green witch, lost beneath the sea;
All shall find the light at last, silver on the tree.
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This LT work, The Dark Is Rising, is Book 2 (of 5 Books) in Susan Cooper's The Dark Is Rising Sequence. Please distinguish it from other single titles in the series, and from any combination(s) of part or all of the series. Thank you.
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AR 6.2, Pts 13
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Midwinter terror,
Seventh son of seventh son
Is a young Old One.
(SylviaC)

Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0689710879, Mass Market Paperback)

"When the Dark comes rising, six shall turn it back,
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; water, fire, stone;
Five will return, and one go alone."
With these mysterious words, Will Stanton discovers on his 11th birthday that he is no mere boy. He is the Sign-Seeker, last of the immortal Old Ones, destined to battle the powers of evil that trouble the land. His task is monumental: he must find and guard the six great Signs of the Light, which, when joined, will create a force strong enough to match and perhaps overcome that of the Dark. Embarking on this endeavor is dangerous as well as deeply rewarding; Will must work within a continuum of time and space much broader than he ever imagined.

Susan Cooper, in her five-title Dark Is Rising sequence, creates a world where the conflict between good and evil reaches epic proportions. She ranks with C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien in her ability to deliver a moral vision in the context of breathtaking adventure. No one can stop at just one of her thrilling fantasy novels. Among many other prestigious awards, The Dark Is Rising is a Newbery Honor Book and a Carnegie Medal Honor Book. (Ages 8 and older) --Emilie Coulter

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