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Author: Susan Cooper Narrator: Unspecified Publisher: Symphony Space Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: March 2008 ISBN:
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Susan Cooper talks with Symphony Space's education director about The Dark Is Rising sequence, her series of five thrilling fantasy novels for young readers, among them The Dark Is Rising and 1976 Newbery Medal winner The Grey King.

The heroic series, originally published in the 1960s and 70s, is inspired by Arthurian myths and depicts an epic struggle between good (The Light) and evil (The Dark) in which children like 11-year-old Sign-Seeker Will Stanton take part. (It also inspired the recent film adaptation, The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising.)

To begin this special event, recorded live at Symphony Space in New York City, actor Daniel Gerroll reads an exciting piece from The Dark Is Rising.

This event was recorded live as part of the Thalia Kids' Book Club series at Peter Norton Symphony Space in New York City. These events feature lively discussions between children's book authors and their fans ages 9-12, led by a variety of special guests. Each event includes a fun writing or drawing exercise, and kids' Q&A. Download and start listening now!


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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Megan | 5/6/2011

    " I just realized that I read this book thinking it was #1 but it is #2. Still, felt like the author may have been using LSD while she wrote this book. I wanted to like it but I couldn't. Transitions were odd, it was just all odd. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tavie | 4/27/2011

    " Solid kid's fantasy and some great descriptions of Christmastime. Dragged a little at the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Claire | 3/25/2011

    " This is my favourite of the whole series. And it's seasonal! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan | 3/23/2011

    " I really love well-written, classic fantasy that fully exploits the emotional and literary power of the archetypes of good vs. evil. Cooper does this as well as anyone, I think, with personable, endearing characters and a powerful evocation of mood and setting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kat | 3/22/2011

    " This came highly recommended by the heroine of Among Others. Unlike her, I did not find the book brill. It was too ponderous and portentous and the magic seemed to have little coherence. Also, simple vocab, clearly meant for the YA or younger crowd. "

About the Author

Author Susan Cooper

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. She lives in Massachusetts.