The Dark is Rising

Author Cooper, Susan
Language English
Publisher
Solon Ohio: Findaway World LLC, 2012




Annotation:

In this "high fantasy", Will Stanton, 11 years old, discovers that he has been destined from birth to become one of the immortal Keepers of the Light who have struggled for thousands of years against the forces of evil--the Dark. The second book of this series.



Subjects :

  • Newbery medal books
  • Fiction
  • Children's stories
  • Fantasy
  • Good and evil

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Author Illustrator(s) :

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Best Books :

  • Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, Tenth Edition, 1988 National Council of Teachers of English
  • Children's Book Sense 76 Picks, Spring/Summer 2001 Book Sense 76
  • Educators' Top 100 Children's Books, 2007 NEA Survey
  • Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 Bank Street College of Education

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Awards, Honors & Prizes :

  • John Newbery Medal, 1974 Honor Book United States
  • Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children's Literature, 1973 Winner United States

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State & Provincial Reading List :

  • Voice of Youth Award, 2006-2007; Nominee Illinois

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Reading Measurement Programs:


0689829833
Aladdin Paperbacks $17.00 $4.99 and $2.99. () 1999.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 6.2
Accelerated Reader Points 13

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 920
Accelerated Reader Points

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 7
Accelerated Reader Points 19


0689710879
Collier Books (New York:) 1986.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 6.2
Accelerated Reader Points 13

Reading Counts-Scholastic
Interest Level 6-8
Reading Level 7
Accelerated Reader Points 19


9780689847868
Margaret K. McElderry Books (New York:) 01.

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 920
Accelerated Reader Points


9781416949657
Simon Pulse (New York:) 2007.

Accelerated Reader
Interest Level Middle Grade
Book Level 6.2
Accelerated Reader Points 13

Lexile, MetaMetrics, Inc.

Lexile Measure 920
Accelerated Reader Points

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Reviews :

Lois Rubin Gross (Children's Literature)
With Harry Potter taking up residence in the first, second, and third places on all the bestseller lists, it may be time to revisit other fantasy stories to recommend to young readers who want to read adventure tales "just like Harry Potter." Susan Cooper's first fantasy featuring young Will Stanton, an eleven-year-old boy who takes on the Dark forces threatening to envelope the world, is a worthy alternative. Will finds out on his birthday, days before Christmas, that he is the very last Old One, the seventh son of a seventh son gifted with powers to defeat encroaching evil. Will is guided by a time traveler named Merriman who helps unearth the six magical Signs of Light which will ultimately defeat the Dark. A sinister snowstorm foreshadows similar meteorological disturbances in Stephen King's more recent, Storm of the Century. In fact, Mr. King seems to owe a great debt to Ms. Cooper and this book for its storm motifs. This is fantasy unleavened by wit; it is classic in its good versus evil conflict. It is also elegantly written and deserving of the many awards it has garnered through the years. Be warned, however, that the book's magic is clearly stated as transcending Christian times which could cause murmurs among parents who want their fiction Bible-based. 1999 (orig. 1973), Aladdin Paperbacks, $17.00, $4.99 and $2.99. Ages 11 up.
(PUBLISHER: Aladdin Paperbacks $17.00 $4.99 and $2.99., PUBLISHED: 1999 (orig. 1973))

Snow (BookHive (www.bookhive.org))
On the morning of his eleventh birthday, Will Staunton wakes up to discover that he is the last of the Old Ones, a race of immortal beings fighting to save the world from the forces of the Dark. This discovery propels him into a battle against the Dark, an evil that seems unstoppable. But he has help in the friends of the Light. If you enjoy this book, be sure to read more about Will and his friends in the prequel, Over Sea, Under Stone, and the sequels, Greenwitch, The Grey King, and Silver on the Tree. Category: Award Books; Classics; Fantasy. Grade Level: Intermediate (4th-6th grade). 1973, Margaret McElderry. Ages 9 to 12.
(PUBLISHER: Atheneum (New York,), PUBLISHED: 1973.)

Lois Rubin Gross (Children's Literature)
With Harry Potter taking up residence in the first, second, and third places on all the bestseller lists, it may be time to revisit other fantasy stories to recommend to young readers who want to read adventure tales "just like Harry Potter." Susan Cooper's first fantasy featuring young Will Stanton, an eleven-year-old boy who takes on the Dark forces threatening to envelope the world, is a worthy alternative. Will finds out on his birthday, days before Christmas, that he is the very last Old One, the seventh son of a seventh son gifted with powers to defeat encroaching evil. Will is guided by a time traveler named Merriman who helps unearth the six magical Signs of Light which will ultimately defeat the Dark. A sinister snowstorm foreshadows similar meteorological disturbances in Stephen King's more recent, Storm of the Century. In fact, Mr. King seems to owe a great debt to Ms. Cooper and this book for its storm motifs. This is fantasy unleavened by wit; it is classic in its good versus evil conflict. It is also elegantly written and deserving of the many awards it has garnered through the years. Be warned, however, that the book's magic is clearly stated as transcending Christian times which could cause murmurs among parents who want their fiction Bible-based. 1999 (orig. 1973), Aladdin Paperbacks, $17.00, $4.99 and $2.99. Ages 11 up.
(PUBLISHER: Atheneum (New York,), PUBLISHED: 1973.)

Sharon Grover (Audiofile, August/September 1999)
Strange things are happening in Will Stanton's world. Rooks are attacking people. An old tramp has come to town. And it is so cold. On his eleventh birthday, Will--the seventh son of a seventh son--learns the truth about his identity as the last of the Old Ones battling the evil forces of the Dark. The opulent voice of Alex Jennings is the perfect match for Susan Cooper's stylish, magical prose. The steady, measured tones of the Old Ones; the stern comfort of Merriman; the thready lilt of the Lady; the silky, evil overtones of the Rider--each nuance of character is skillfully brought to life in this unvoiced reading. One hopes the other books in the Dark Is Rising series will soon be available on audio read by Jennings. S.G. Winner of AUDIOFILE Earphones Award (c) AudioFile, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 1999 (orig. 1973), Listening Library, Six cassettes, 8.7 hrs., Book pak, $37.98. Ages 13 up.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library ;Recorded Books (Old Greenwich Conn.:) (Prince Frederick Md.:), PUBLISHED: p1999.)

Wende L. Sairio (Audiofile, August/September 2001)
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. (c) AudioFile 2001, Portland, Maine Unabridged. 2000 (orig. 1973), Listening Library, Six cassettes, 8.7 hrs., Retail pak, $30.00. Ages 10 up.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library (Old Greenwich CT:), PUBLISHED: p1999.)

Recorded Books (Recorded Books, LLC.)
In midwinter on his 11th birthday, Will Stanton makes the remarkable discovery that he is the last of the "Old Ones", immortals who keep the world from being dominated by the evil "Dark". Soon, during the 12 days of Christmas, the Dark rises, and Will's life alternates between wonder, terror, and delight. nd, n/a, Unabridged Cassette - Library Edition; 21729, $41.75. Ages 10 to 14.
(PUBLISHER: Listening Library (Old Greenwich CT:), PUBLISHED: p1999.)

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Publication Details:

  Publisher ISBN Notes
Solon Ohio: Findaway World LLC, 2012

Media Type: Computer File
1 sound media player (ca. 9 hr.):
PZ7.C7878 ([Fic])
9781616377991
1616377992
Sequel Greenwitch.
"Listening Library"-Container.
Release date supplied by publisher.
Issued on Playaway a dedicated audio media player.
"HDAUDIO."
Title from Playaway label.
Sequel to Over sea under stone.
One set of earphones and one AAA battery required for listening.
Previously released by Random House Inc. p1999.
London: Puffin, 2007

Media Type: Language Material
1 v. ;
(823.914)
0141323558
9780141323558
Originally published London Chatto & Windus 1973.
Film tie-in.
New York: Simon Pulse, 2007

Media Type: Language Material
244 p. ;
PZ7.C7878 ([Fic])
9781416949657
1416949658
Sequel to Over sea under stone.
Sequel Greenwitch.
London: Puffin, 2001

Media Type: Language Material
272p. ;
(823.914)
0140307990
9780140307993
Originally published London Chatto & Windus 1973.
Thorndike ME: Thorndike Press, 2001

Media Type: Language Material
400 p. ;
PZ7.C7878 ([Fic])
0786229209
9780786229208
Sequel to Over sea under stone.
Sequel Greenwitch.
Aladdin Paperbacks $17.00 $4.99 and $2.99., 1999

Media Type:

0689829833
9780689829833
Old Greenwich CT: Listening Library, 1999

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
6 sound cassettes (8 hr. 40 min.):
(COOPER)
080728274X
9780807282748
Sound cassettes.
Old Greenwich Conn.: Listening Library ;, 1999

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
6 sound cassette (8 hr. 40 min.):
PZ7.C7878 ([Fic])
0788742914
0807280593
9780788742910
9780807280591
In container (22 cm.).
"Unabridged fiction on cassette with book."-Container.
London: Random House, 1994

Media Type: Language Material
304p. ;
(823.914)
0099366010
9780099366010
Originally published Chatto & Windus 1973.
London: Puffin Books, 1994

Media Type: Language Material
331p.:
(823.914)
0140364625
9780140364620
Originally published London Chatto & Windus 1973.
Macmillan Education, 1989

Media Type: Language Material
[256]p.
(823/.914)
0333475801
9780333475805
Windrush, 1988

Media Type: Language Material
332p(large print)
(823/.914)
1850899339
9781850899334
New York: Collier Books, 1986

Media Type: Language Material
244 p. ;
PZ7.C7878 ([Fic])
0689710879
9780689710872
Sequel to Over sea under stone.
Sequel Greenwitch.
London: Bodley Head, 1984

Media Type: Language Material
250p. ;
PZ7 (823/.914)
0370308158
9780370308159
Originally published London: Chatto and Windus 1973.
Newbery Award Records, 1977

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
2 sound cassettes (100 min.)
(Fic)
Based on the book of the same title.
New York: Miller-Brody Production/Newberry Award Records, 1977

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
2 sound cassettes(100 min.):
American School Publishers, 1977

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
2vt. and gd.
F
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9780021317844
Based on the book by Susan Cooper.
Westminster MD: Random House/Miller-Brody Productions, 1977

Media Type: Nonmusical Sound Recording
2 sound cassettes (ca. 100 min.)
(T/F/Dar)
0394665317
0394665325
9780394665313
9780394665320
Based on the book by Susan Cooper.
Harmondsworth: Puffin Books, 1976

Media Type: Language Material
267p. ;
(823/.9/1)
0140307990
9780140307993
Originally published London: Chatto and Windus 1973.
London: Chatto and Windus, 1973

Media Type: Language Material
[8] 216 p.:
PZ7 (823.91)
0701150173
9780701150174
New York Atheneum, 1973

Media Type: Language Material
216 p.
PZ7.C7878 ([Fic])
"A Margaret K. McElderry book."
Sequel to Over sea under stone.
Sequel Greenwitch.
London: RHCB, 10

Media Type: Language Material

([Fic])
9781409048343
1409048349
New York: Margaret K. McElderry Books, 01

Media Type: Language Material
232
([Fic])
9780689847868
0689847866

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