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.
Susan Cooper is one of our foremost children’s authors; her classic five-book fantasy sequence The Dark Is Rising has sold millions of copies worldwide. Her many books have won the Newbery Medal, a Newbery Honor, and the <i>Boston Globe-Horn Book</i> Award, and been shortlisted five times for the Carnegie Medal. She combines fantasy with history in <i>Victory</i> (a <i>Washington Post</i> Top Ten for Children novel), <i> King of Shadows</i> and <i>Ghost Hawk</i>, and her magical <i>The Boggart and the Monster</i>, second in a trilogy, won the Scottish Arts Council’s Children’s Book Award. Susan Cooper lives on a saltmarsh island in Massachusetts, and you can visit her online at TheLostLand.com.