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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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A 1965 children’s fantasy book in which Magic can be seen as a metaphor for the enigmatic realm of adulthood, a frightening place of risk and danger and too much choice, into which one is best initiated by a fearfully wise, but kindly, wizard.

A child spies on a beloved adult, and sees something opaque:
“Great-Uncle Merry, coming back towards the car from the Grey House, had suddenly stopped in his tracks in the middle of the road. He was gazing down at the sea; and she realised that he had caught sight of the yacht. What startled her was the expression on his face. Standing there like a craggy towering statue, he was frowning, fierce and intense, almost as if he were looking and listening with sense other than his eyes and ears. He could never look frightened, she thought, but this was the nearest thing to it that she had ever seen. Cautious, startled, alarmed … what was the matter with him?” (7)

A child gets to be a hero for a brief, terrifying moment, and something crumbles from his vision of the world:
Barney follows the bidding of his older brother “secretly relieved to be able to accept commands. He felt he had had enough of being the lone hero that day to last him for years - so that his private dreams of solitary bold knights in shining armor would never be quite the same again.” (196)
  maryoverton | Jul 2, 2015 |
Great book. Read it as a child and again a year it so ago. Loved it than and now. ( )
  Ben_Harnwell | Apr 26, 2015 |
I enjoyed this Arthurian YA fantasy tale quite a bit. It struck me as Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys go to Narnia with a pinch of Wrinkle in Time. Plotwise, not everything makes sense but I still found it an engrossing story. I plan to read the rest of the series this year. ( )
  ScoLgo | Apr 17, 2015 |
Yes, but Kindle.
  Xleptodactylous | Apr 7, 2015 |
  mrsforrest | Jan 5, 2015 |
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Susan Cooperprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Gill, MargeryIllustratorsecondary authorall 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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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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