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  • Published: New York : Atheneum, 1979, c1973.
  • Year Published: 1973
  • Description: 216 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 920

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0689710879 :
  • 1416949658 (pbk.)
  • 0689829833 :
  • 0689303173 :


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The dark is rising

by Cooper, Susan.

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Call number: Y Fiction / Cooper, Susan, R Newbery Honor 1974

Available Copies: Downtown Youth

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Youth level.

On his eleventh birthday Will Stanton discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, destined to seek the six magic Signs that will enable the Old Ones to triumph over evil forces of the Dark.

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good book

I had to read this for school, although I didn't know it wasn't the first book. I don't think it matters, though, since the characters basically discover everything about the magic themes over again in all of them anyway. I thought it was really exciting and captivating! I still think about the final battle, and other occurrences, and play them over in my head. There's a movie of it, but I don't like how they made the family American, they say to avoid clash with Harry Potter. I haven't watched it, but I want to, screwed up or not.

The Dark is Rising

If you consider yourself a fan of fantasy, adult or younger, you have no excuse if these aren't sitting on your shelves.

Will, on his eleventh birthday, learns he is an Old One, a guardian for The Light. He must collect the ancient Things of Power (wood, bronze, iron, water, fire, and stone) so that the Light may do battle with the Dark and win. Unfortunately, such a brief synopsis does not do it justice, but I don't want to ruin anything for you. And since Cooper sets most of the story lines in Wales, you also get to learn a bit of Welsh...

Y maent yr mynyddoedd yn canu,
ac y maer arglwyddes yn dod.


Much more intriguing than the first book of the series. The characters of Will and Lyon are much more pronounced than the characters of the first book, as well. Overall, a great read, with a great storyline.

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