Search Results: "Susan Cooper"


BOOK REVIEW

THE GREY KING by Susan Cooper
FANTASY
Released: Sept. 10, 1975

"Cooper is clearly building towards a thumping conclusion in the fifth and next volume and even those of us who have doubts about the significance of all this thunderous moral absolutism will want to get in on the action."
Will Stanton, youngest of the Old Ones, goes to visit his Welsh relatives to recover from a serious illness and complete the first quest he has undertaken on his own. Read full book review >

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GREEN BOY by Susan Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 2001

"The issue of the resort is all too easily resolved; the narrator veers into an adult voice in places; and Lou comes across not as a credible seven-year-old but as a literary device. (Fiction. 9-12)"
An environmental message overwhelms the plot in this disappointing time-travel story. Read full book review >

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GREENWITCH by Susan Cooper
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 17, 1974

"It all would be more exciting if there were just a little real risk involved, but the literally earth-shaking fireworks are nevertheless quite a show."
The epic confrontation between the Light and the Dark continues (see The Dark is Rising, KR, 1973), and now the battlefield is magic-favored Cornwall where the Greenwitch — a totem figure annually sacrificed to the sea — has stolen the manuscript which Old Ones Merriman Lyon and Will Stanton need to defeat the powers of evil. Read full book review >

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THE MAGIC MAKER by Susan Cooper
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Oct. 11, 2011

"A loving remembrance and a special gift for all who have encountered Langstaff and his performances."
A longtime collaborator provides an appealing portrayal of John Meredith Langstaff (1920-2005), the talented and passionate musician, charismatic performer and tireless researcher who created the combination of song, dance and drama known as The Revels. Read full book review >

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SILVER ON THE TREE by Susan Cooper
FANTASY
Released: Oct. 21, 1977

"And though there is welcome relief in Merry's final charge—the battle from here on is up to humans, who will get no more magic help—it does make the purportedly final and crucial battle that has gone before that much harder to credit."
The three Drew children and their uncle Merry, an Old One from outside of Time; young Will Stanton who learned of his identity as an Old One in The Dark Is Rising; Will's albino friend Bran, really King Arthur's son Pendragon brought forward to be reared in our time; Arthur himself, at the climax; a benign, disappointingly spiritless Taliesen; and all the forces of the Light and the Dark converge in Wales for the final cosmic battle in Cooper's ambitious, five-volume, resolutely High fantasy. Read full book review >

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SEAWARD by Susan Cooper
ADVENTURE
Released: Oct. 20, 1983

"Cooper has a real talent for creating mood, for building suspense from obscure dialogue and brief encounters, but the long, intentionally hooded beginning may confuse more readers than it attracts, and the outcome, despite inflected explanations, seems fitting but not quite fresh."
From the author of The Dark Is Rising and its sequels; another fantasy powered by cryptic messages and high-sounding allusions. Read full book review >

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DANNY AND THE KINGS by Susan Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Oct. 29, 1993

"Something different, and very nice, for the Christmas collection. (Picture book. 5-9)"
From the renowned author of The Dark is Rising series, a Christmas tale in which the Three Kings, in the guise of truck drivers, bring a Christmas tree to a poor family: a gentle story of fraternal affection and childlike faith, with the miraculous ending diminished not an iota by the trailer park and truckstop setting. Read full book review >

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GHOST HAWK by Susan Cooper
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 5, 2013

"This sensitive portrayal of an unusual friendship poignantly reveals how greed and intolerance led to Native American displacement in colonial Massachusetts. (map, timeline, author's note) (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
A white boy and a Native American youth form an enduring bond in this historical fantasy set in 17th-century Massachusetts. Read full book review >

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OVER SEA, UNDER STONE by Susan Cooper
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 20, 1966

"The theme of good and evil in violent opposition is always a forceful one, but beyond this book's capacity."
...that's the cryptic route followed in this story which starts as a typical Juvenile mystery/adventure but then turns out to be a morality tale with a struggle between forces of good and evil. Read full book review >

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THE BOGGART by Susan Cooper
ADVENTURE
Released: Feb. 1, 1993

In Cooper's classic The Dark is Rising cycle, Will Stanton, an ordinary boy, is also one of the powerful "Old Ones" engaged in the age-old struggle against evil. Read full book review >

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THE SILVER COW by Susan Cooper
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: April 21, 1983

"Quite lovely, and even stirring, as pictured—for the occasional, dreamier child."
Hutton's grave, spare, muted watercolors—with their soft expanses of Welsh mountain meadows, lake, and sky—nicely suit this grave, measured, quiet tale. Read full book review >

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THE MAGICIAN’S BOY by Susan Cooper
ADVENTURE
Released: March 1, 2005

"Perfect for reading aloud, the tale will encourage readers and listeners to revisit familiar fairy tales and nursery rhymes. (Fiction. 8-12)"
The Boy works for a magician: feeding rabbits, polishing magic wands, weeding the garden, and washing dishes. Read full book review >