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The Dark Is Rising

The Dark Is Rising

Illustrated by: Alan Cober
For Ages: 9 - 14
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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.
  • Margaret K. McElderry Books | 
  • 304 pages | 
  • ISBN 9780689303173 | 
  • April 1973 | 
  • Grades 4 - 9 | 
  • Lexile 910L
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The Dark is Rising • Midwinter’s Eve •
“Too many!” James shouted, and slammed the door behind him.

“What?” said Will.

“Too many kids in this family, that’s what. Just too many.” James stood fuming on the landing like a small angry locomotive, then stumped across to the window-seat and stared out at the garden. Will put aside his book and pulled up his legs to make room. “I could hear all the yelling,” he said, chin on knees.

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