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The Dark Is Rising (Dark Is Rising Sequence)

Press: Perfection Learning (September 1, 2007)
Publication Date:2007-9
ISBN:9780756984649
Author Name:Cooper, Susan
Language:English

Content

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. 
Follows Will Stanton, who on his eleventh birthday learns that he is the last-born of the Old Ones, and begins a quest for the six magical Signs.

Review

Psychology Today "Susan Cooper is one of the few contemporary writers who has the vivid imagination, the narrative powers, 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." -- Review

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From the Publisher

On the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift -- that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. 
At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light.
And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight.

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From the Inside Flap

8 hours, 40 minutes6 cassettesPerformed by Alex JenningsOn the Midwinter Day that is his eleventh birthday, Will Stanton discovers a special gift-- that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to keeping the world from domination by the forces of evil, the Dark. 
At once, he is plunged into a quest for the six magical Signs that will one day aid the Old Ones in the final battle between the Dark and the Light.
And for the twelve days of Christmas, while the Dark is rising, life for Will is full of wonder, terror, and delight.

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From the Back Cover

"So perfect is the match between Alex Jennings' voice and this mysterious magical tale--that it is difficult to imagine any other voice reading these words." -The Horn Book Magazine

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About the Author

SUSAN COOPER is best known for her acclaimed sequence of fantasy novels known as The Dark Is Rising which includes OVER SEA, UNDER STONE; THE DARK IS RISING (1974 Newbery Honor book); GREENWITCH;  THE GREY KING (1976 Newbery Award book); and SILVER ON THE TREE. 
Her novels for young readers also include SEAWARD and DAWN OF FEAR.
She has written three books for younger children as well: THE SILVER COW, THE SELKIE GIRL, and TAM LIN, all illustrated by Warwick Hutton.
In collaboration with actor Hume Cronyn, she wrote the Broadway play Foxfire and -- for Jane Fonda -- the television film The Dollmaker, for which they received the Humanitas Prize in 1985.
Born in Buckinghamshire, England, Susan Cooper moved to the United States in 1963 and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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From AudioFile

Will Stanton is a normal boy in a normal, loving family. 
But on Mid-Winter's Eve, the night before his eleventh birthday, Will senses that things are changing--animals are afraid of him, he sees things that no one else does, and he feels terrified but doesn't know why.
On his birthday, Will wakes up and finds himself in a world totally different, yet the same.
And he discovers that he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to fighting the forces of evil, the Dark.
As narrator, Alex Jennings superbly conveys Will's mixed emotions--his fear, joy, confusion, anxiety, and growing acceptance of his two separate, yet occasionally concentric, lives, as well as his understanding of his role and the choices he must make in this battle between the Dark and the Light.
Jennings fully voices the main characters; supporting characters are less individualized.
Jennings creates vivid pictures of the many landscapes Will travels through, and builds the tension and enormity of this eternal fight up to the climax of this Newbery Honor Book.
W.L.S.
© AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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Comment List (Total:13)

  •     I was introduced to Susan Cooper's books by a college friend studying Library Science. She asked me to read and comment on several children's books.

  •     I read the entire series a few times when I was a kid and I was transported every time.She never talks down to the reader and makes you think, even if it's a book series...

  •     Well-written, but poorly executed.

  •     Daughter loves this and she is 12 yrs. old.

  •     I lost my old collection of these books years ago, great way to replace them all, and more convenient with them all being in one book!

  •     Loved this book for a long time, especially around the holidays :)

  •     This series of books made me want to be a writer when I grew up. I remember distinctly reading these books and realizing the power that authors have to create a world and populate it with living characters. Ms. Cooper has created a universe in which magic lives just under the surface of the "real" world--her theme, that the power of magic is accessible to believers, and that we have a responsibility to fight against evil in both the real and magical realms, continues to resonate with me and many other readers.I highly recommend The Dark is Rising series to children and adults. It's for a slightly older audience than the Harry Potter series, and makes a nice next level for kids who want more.I am thrilled that the series is still available and I am adding it to my collection in the hope of passing it on to the children in my life. That, and I'm going to re-read them myself-- they're just too good to pass up!

  •     Books in excellent condition and arrived on time. This is a wonderful set of my childhood favorites.

  •     ††† When I read The Dark Is Rising in 4th grade (it's a 9th grade book) IT WAS THE MOST EXCITING THING I HAD EVER EXPERIENCED.

  •     Susan Cooper's books are the sort that immediately cause people to say "But aren't those for kids?"Technically, yes. So is "The Hobbit," for that matter. And Susan Cooper's "Dark is Rising Sequence" has joined the elite shelf of timeless books that are technically for kids, but not necessarily JUST for kids. With her use of myth and folklore, rich language, and a time-spanning battle between good and evil, Cooper spins up a rare tale in her majestic prose."Over Sea Under Stone" features the three Drew children coming to stay with Merriman Lyon. In his attic, they find an ancient treasure map that leads to a hidden grail -- if they can only figure out what the map's writing and symbols mean. But they are not the only ones who are looking for the grail -- three sinister people are in pursuit."The Dark is Rising" shifts its focus elsewhere. On his eleventh birthday, young Will Stanton encounters the mysterious Merriman, and is told that he is the last of the immortal "Old Ones" who are fighting the forces of evil (known as the Dark). As the power of the Dark grows, Will must gather the six Signs that can help stop them -- and protect his friends and family from the Dark."Greenwitch" brings the four young heroes together. Will and the three Drew kids are brought to Cornwall, where the grail has been stolen. Jane is haunted by nightmares about the Greenwitch, a symbolic weaving of branches and leaves cast into the sea, and a sinister artist captures Barney. But the Greenwitch is not just a tangle of sticks -- it's alive with wild magic that neither Old Ones nor the Dark can control."Grey King" is the threat of the Dark. Will is recovering from an illness in Wales, where he meets a "raven boy" (an albino Welsh boy, Bran) and a dog with "eyes that see the wind" -- part of an old legend. Will must lead Bran into a closer connection with the Old Ones. But when an accident befalls the dog, Bran is angry with the Old Ones -- until the truth of his past comes to light."Silver on the Tree" brings the series to a climax. Will receives visions of the past, and a message from Merriman that the final battle between the Dark and the Light is about to come. Evil creatures (minks, specifically) are swarming near his house -- and the Old Ones, while almost ready, don't have the power of the Lady. He teams up with the Drews and with Bran to find the Lost Land.Sure, fantasy incorporating old myth and legend is nothing new. People have been doing it for as long as the genre has existed. But Susan Cooper brings the idea of time-travelling immortals and ancient magic to life in this, and avoids the usual syrup and dumbing-down that most authors feel compelled to include.Cooper's writing is detailed and atmospheric, although the first book is much more plainly written than the following four. She can switch instantly from lighthearted to mystical and back again, and her writing is heavy with description. Moreover, she takes the folklore and legends of Britain and interweaves them with Arthurian legend, giving the whole Arthurian story a new spin.While some may not like the portrayal of good and evil as evenly matched, the strength of the Old Ones' determination is extremely invigorating. They're powerful, but still very human, able to make errors and feel sorrow. And there are lessons carefully interwoven about good and evil, about loyalty, compassion, redemption, and friendship. These sentiments are never gooey, just powerful.As for the kids, Jane, Barney and Simon Drew are a little less endearing because they seem a little dated -- think E. Nesbit characters out of time. Will Stanton and Bran, however, have the qualities of timeless characters, both wise and ancient and yet still very young. And Merriman looms over it all as the all-seeing guardian, alternately forbidding and dignified or kindly and grandfatherly.With its majestic prose and entrancing, otherworldly characters, the "Dark is Rising Sequence" is a remarkable piece of work, and one that deserves many rereadings. Outstanding.

  •     I read this series as a child and I remember having a little difficulty with it at the time. Certainly the books in the series "The Dark Is Rising" are excellent, but they are often prone to long lengthy descriptions that ably bore initially interested children. In this particular case, I suspect I skimmed long sections of this book when I grew bored of its long descriptive passages. The books themselves are complex. It did not surprise me that the author, Susan Cooper studied under J.R.R. Tolkien (of "Lord of the Rings" fame), and I would hasten to add that she, far more than Phillip Pullman, is his current successor. She weaves British and Celtic myth within her stories, beautifully. This book itself is a good one, rare in its kind because the protagonist (your typical pre-adolescent who learns of great powers) has a happy home life and two parent household. I can think of almost no other fantasy series where this is the case. Usually if the child DOES have two parents, one is missing and must be rescued. Not so here. Will has his own adventures and, at the same time, people he cares about who care for him. In this book there is no bully to be defeated or difficulties at school. The Dark and Light characters are well drawn and there is a depth to each and every character that I appreciate. On the whole, I would recommend these books to those kids who are adept readers. Definitely the child who has single-handedly finished a "Lord of the Rings" book will zip through this series with few problems. Harry Potter fans may also wish to graduate to a higher level with this story. Readers may wish to start with the first book in this series, "Over Sea, Under Stone", before moving on to "The Dark Is Rising".

  •     Excellent book. Quick mailing.

  •     This book at first it was boring and confusing. At the end I thought "Why did it stop!?" I liked it for the most part.

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