The Dark is Rising (Paperback)Susan Cooper (author)
Whilst it may be the second book in the seminal dark fantasy sequence, The Dark is Rising remains the perfect jumping off point for Cooper’s brilliantly nuanced narrative. Pitching its eleven-year old protagonist into a sinister world of twisted folklore and mythic evil, this is truly one of the building blocks of Young Adult fiction.
'This night will be bad, and tomorrow will be beyond imagining'
It's Christmas-time in the Stanton family house: presents, carol singing, good cheer. But for eleven-year-old Will Stanton something sinister has begun, inching round his subconscious, shouting silent warnings he can't decipher.
Then on Midwinter Day Will wakes up to a different world - silent, covered in snow and ancient forest, a world of another time. A world where evil lurks.
Because Will is not the ordinary boy he always thought he was. He is the last of the Old Ones and the power to vanquish the evil magic of the Dark lies within him. Includes exclusive material: In the Backstory you can read an interview with the author and discover the ancient beliefs that inspired the story.
Vintage Children's Classics is a twenty-first century classics list aimed at 8-12 year olds and the adults in their lives. Discover timeless favourites from The Jungle Book and Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to modern classics such as The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 263 g
Dimensions: 188 x 129 x 24 mm
"A writer of great integrity and skill, whose influence and importance in the field of children's fantasy will be felt for a long time" - Philip Pullman
"I wish I had written these!" - Diana Wynne Jones
"Cooper has been writing richly imaginative works of fantasy for nearly four decades. Her books are critically acclaimed and she has a loyal and devoted following among readers," - booktrusted.co.uk *
"The Dark Is Rising sequence of novels by Susan Cooper must be one of the most imaginative and sustained achievements in contemporary children's literature" - Books for Children
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“Dark fantasy for younger readers”
I bought this book for my daughter, soon to be 11 years old, who was feeling disillusioned by the "boring" reads available at school and wanted to delve into something a little more exciting. For a few... More
“A brilliant battle between light and dark”
'The Dark is Rising' is one of my favourite fantasy stories, and is part 2 of The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper. I pick it up every couple of years or so and always come away with a new feeling of... More
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