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Good battles evil as the future of the world hangs in the balance, in this Carnegie shortlisted novel.

'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.

Reviews

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

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    9780099583080

    October 1, 2013

    Vintage Children's Classics

    400 pages

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    9781849412704

    December 1, 2010

    Red Fox

    400 pages

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    9781448162994

    August 1, 2013

    Vintage Digital

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    9781409048343

    December 1, 2010

    RHCP Digital

    400 pages

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