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The Dark Is Rising

by Susan Cooper

Margaret K. McElderry Books | May 8, 2007 | Trade Paperback

The Dark Is Rising is rated 4.3333 out of 5 by 6.
"WHEN THE DARK COMES RISING, SIX SHALL TURN THEM BACK...."

When Will Stanton wakes up on the morning of his birthday, he discovers an unbelievable gift -- he is immortal. Bemused and terrified, he finds he is the last of the Old Ones, magical men and women sworn to protect the world from the source of evil, the Dark.

At once Will is plunged into a quest to find six magical Signs to aid the powers of the Light. Six medallions -- iron, bronze, wood, water, fire, and stone -- created and hidden by the Old Ones centuries ago. But the Dark has sent out the Rider: evil cloaked in black, mounted upon a midnight stallion, and on the hunt for this youngest Old One, Will. He must find the six great Signs before the Dark can rise, for an epic battle between good and evil approaches.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 in

Published: May 8, 2007

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416949658

ISBN - 13: 9781416949657

Appropriate for ages: 8

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Entertaining Without the Magic I picked this one up after seeing previews for the movie. In doing my research, I found many people who compared this to Harry Potter. I have to, in many ways disagree. Cooper writes both on a different level and with an entirely different objective. I will continue to read the rest of the series, because I feel that it has merit in its own right. Just don’t expect this series to fill the void left by the end of Potter…
Date published: 2008-02-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Dark is Confusing The Dark is Rising is book #2 in a series by Susan Cooper. The main character, Will Stanton, shifts between his own world and the timeless world of the Old Ones who fight a constant and ever growing battle against evil. This classic fantasy incorporates so much symbolism that an author could pen an entire volume on its significance. The lack of a solid portal between worlds and the overly descriptive narrative can, at times, leave the reader confused. The parallels between this writing and the legend of King Arthur are sure to attract multiple fans from the adventure, medieval, and historical genres, but this critic still prefers the amazing worlds of science fiction.
Date published: 2007-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! Well the one word for describing this would be... wow... I read this book for a project at school and thought it was simply excellent! I'm 14 years old and have fallen in love with a book! This book describes how Will Stanton, old one, sign-seeker, overcomes many obstacles to truly earn a place in history for himself... If you want to purchace a book then let it be this one! Trust me, you'll go home happy!
Date published: 2001-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What an incredible book! I'm 21 years old, and I'm not ashamed to admit that I'm still reading children's stories. This book, which tracks the story of the boy Will Stanton and his first battle with the Dark, is one of the best books I've ever read. I've owned it for over 10 years now, read it at least twice as many times, and forced it on all my friends despite their protests against reading a childrens book. And, to their surprise, (but not to mine), not one of them has ever regretted reading it. Everyone I made read the book has loved it, and in my small hometown it has established quite a following. The pages in my copy are so dog-eared and torn that I'm going to have to buy a new copy soon. But do you know what? It will be worth every cent.
Date published: 2001-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You will LOVE this book! My Nanny bought this book for me when I was 7 years old as a Christmas gift. 20 years later and many copies worn I am still reading this book every Christmas and have now passed it on to my daughter who loves it just as much as I. If you do nothing else this year buy this book, you won't regret it.
Date published: 2000-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's been 9 years since I read these books... I read this book, this series, in my childhood and was absolutely fascinated and in love with these stories. The Dark is Rising, as I remember, was a little difficult to get into, but once I read it, I never forgot it. Full of the fantastical, and a classic good vs. evil scenario, these books will find a home in the heart of any child who enjoys reading.
Date published: 1999-10-22

– More About This Product –

The Dark Is Rising

by Susan Cooper

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 in

Published: May 8, 2007

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1416949658

ISBN - 13: 9781416949657

About the Book

On his 11th birthday, Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magical Signs of Light that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over the evil forces of the Dark. This Newbery Honor Book is the first title of Cooper's Dark Is Rising sequence.

From the Publisher

"WHEN THE DARK COMES RISING, SIX SHALL TURN THEM BACK...."

When Will Stanton wakes up on the morning of his birthday, he discovers an unbelievable gift -- he is immortal. Bemused and terrified, he finds he is the last of the Old Ones, magical men and women sworn to protect the world from the source of evil, the Dark.

At once Will is plunged into a quest to find six magical Signs to aid the powers of the Light. Six medallions -- iron, bronze, wood, water, fire, and stone -- created and hidden by the Old Ones centuries ago. But the Dark has sent out the Rider: evil cloaked in black, mounted upon a midnight stallion, and on the hunt for this youngest Old One, Will. He must find the six great Signs before the Dark can rise, for an epic battle between good and evil approaches.

About the Author

Susan Cooper, May 1935 - Susan Cooper was born in Buckinghamshire, England in May of 1935. She attended Slough Grammar School, and then went on to Somerville College and Oxford. She was the first woman to ever edit the University Magazine, the Cherwell. She graduated from Oxford with an MA in English and went to work for London's The Sunday Times as a reporter on the Atticus Column for Ian Flemming. She evenutally made it to features writer, during which time she wrote her first book, "Mandrake," a science fiction story for adults. Soon after the publication of "Mandrake," Cooper wrote the children's story "Over Sea, Under Stone" for a publishing house competition. It would later become the first of a five book series she would become famous for. She left England in 1963 to marry an American professor. Once there, she wrote two more books for adults, "Behind the Golden Gate" a study of America, and "Portrait of an Author" the biography of J. B. Priestley. In 1970, Cooper published "Dawn of Fear" an almost entirely autobiographical book about growing up as a child during the war. Even though Cooper wrote "Over Sea, Under Stone" as a entry for a publishing house competittion, she did not know at the time that it would be the first of her most famous copilation, "The Dark is Rising Series." In 1973 she wrote the second in the five book series, entitled "The Dark is Rising," published more than ten years after the first. In1974, Cooper published Greenwitch, book three, and book f
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Editorial Reviews

"Susan Cooper is one of the few contemporary writers who has the vivid imagination, the narrative power, and the moral vision that permit her to create the kind of sweeping conflict between good and evil that lies at the heart of all great fantasy. Tolkien had it. So did C. S. Lewis. And Cooper writes in the same tradition." -- Psychology Today

Appropriate for ages: 8

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