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Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper

Over Sea, Under Stone (1965)

by Susan Cooper

Other authors: Margery Gill (Illustrator)

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Series: The Dark is Rising Sequence (1)

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4,9351071,329 (3.82)1 / 276
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    The Sword in the Stone by T. H. White (Hibou8)
  2. 20
    Earthfasts by William Mayne (ed.pendragon)
    ed.pendragon: Another classic children's book with an Arthurian theme, bringing the Matter of Britain into the 20th century.
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    Elidor by Alan Garner (bookwyrmm)
  4. 00
    Mystery at Witchend by Malcolm Saville (humouress)
    humouress: The same sense of adventure, and children in mid 20th century Britain striving against sinister adults.
  5. 00
    The Greenstone Grail by Amanda Hemingway (bookwyrmm)

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I enjoyed the writing, and the characters quite a lot. The plot, on the other hand, felt weak. Events happened far too conveniently. The narration was good, and I recall being very impressed with the second book in this series. I've heard from others that this is the weakest book in the series, so I'll keep listening and see how it goes. ( )
  hopeevey | May 20, 2018 |
I happen to own the third book in this series, but decided to start the series at the beginning, so I got this out of the library. I read a lot of middle grade books with my 10 year old. It was interesting to get into this one, because compared to a lot of the other middle grade fantasy books I've been reading recently this is a lot slower and the children are a lot calmer than in some of the newer books. It took me a bit to get into it just because I expected a lot more action from the description, but once I put my expectations aside I was eager to watch the kids work through the mystery, and rooting for them when the unsavory adults were after them.
  GretchenLynn | Feb 2, 2018 |
Wonderful introduction to the 'Dark is Rising' Sequence by Susan Cooper. Suited to the older ages in the YA genre. ( )
  SandyAMcPherson | Apr 25, 2017 |
This is the first volume in Cooper's series The Dark is Rising, which I read when I was a kid. Wonderfully suspenseful and beautifully paces, and filled with Arthurian legend. What more could a guy want? ( )
  jalbacutler | Jan 10, 2017 |
They dreamed of adventure, and discovered a quest.

Simon, Jane, and Barney; three children spending a week in a seaside village. One day they go exploring, and discover an ancient map. What a marvelous adventure, until strange people begin asking questions, and someone breaks into the house at night. The children turn to the only person who might believe them, Great Uncle Merry. He tells them a story, about the coming of the Dark, and those who oppose it.

This may sound familiar, and on the whole the Dark is Rising series is very magical, but this particular volume focuses on the power of perspective. Throughout the story the children wrestle with mundane threats, but through their imagination they fill the story with vivid images, making a simple town seem magical. Sometimes descriptions become excessive, but fresh twists help keep the suspense up, though not for long. The story fails to ever create any real sense of danger, beyond failing to find the treasure. Powerful figures offer vague glimpses into the other world, but always keep both children and readers safely unaware. In spite of that this remains a fun story, particularly for any young readers.

+Distinct characters
+Vivid descriptions
*Very young read (reminiscent of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone)
-Slow plot
-Much is left unrevealed

2.5/5 ( )
  adamg211 | Dec 29, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Susan Cooperprimary authorall editionscalculated
Gill, MargeryIllustratorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Dillon, JulieCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Jennings, AlexNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rikman, KristiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Westrup, Jadwiga P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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For my mother and father, with love
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"Where is he?"

Barney hopped from one foot to the other as he clambered down from the train, peering in vain through the white-faced crowds flooding eagerly to the St Austell ticket barrier. "Oh, I can't see him. Is he there?"
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This LT work, Over Sea, Under Stone, is Book 1 (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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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0020427859, Mass Market Paperback)

On holiday in Cornwall, the three Drew children discover an ancient map in the attic of the house that they are staying in. They know immediately that it is special. It is even more than that -- the key to finding a grail, a source of power to fight the forces of evil known as the Dark. And in searching for it themselves, the Drews put their very lives in peril.

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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.… (more)

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