The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
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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.

About Susan Cooper

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Susan Cooper is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for Lifetime Achievement. Her classic five-book fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising won the Newbery Medal and a Newbery Honor and has sold millions of copies worldwide. She is also the author of Victory, a Booklist Top Ten Historical Fiction for Youth book and a Washington Post Top Ten for Children novel; King of Shadows, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor book; The Boggart; Seaward; and many other acclaimed novels for young readers and listeners. She lives in Massachusetts, and you can visit her online at
Published December 21, 2001 by Margaret K. McElderry Books. 232 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Religion & Spirituality, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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The Dark Is Rising – the second book in Susan Cooper's superbly menacing Arthurian quintet, in which the forces of the Dark and the Light are pitched against each other in a battle for humanity's soul – is steeped in, driven by cold.

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Fantasy Literature

Despite multiple awards and a talent that is up there with the best of the fantasy authors, Susan Cooper’s The Dark is Rising series is often overlooked by readers in general.

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However, you should read both books before preceding onto Greenwitch, the third book in this series, because here you will find that elements from books one and two are brought together.

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