Kid reviews for The Dark Is Rising

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age 9+

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Parents say

age 10+

Based on 10 reviews

Kids say

age 11+

Based on 20 reviews

age 10+

The BEST Fantasy type novel

I love this book! It is a little bit confusing, but if you read the rest of the series, it is absolutely the best. I actually read it first before Over Sea, Under Stone, mainly because the characters in that book are in Greenwitch, the book afterwards, so it made more sense to me reading this one first. That being said, the first book DOES give you some insight into the magic, kind of eases you in. I love it. And anybody could read it, there's nothing particularly violent in this one, but anyone under ten might need to grab a dictionary for a few things.

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Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
age 12+

An captivating book for fantasy lovers - One in a series of five

The dark is rising may seem confusing at first but as you read on it will grow on you. It is great for people with lots of experience in reading books in which you have to think about the meaning instead it just being on the page. I say 12 and up because most other people seem to think it is very hard to follow. But if you love these kinds of books you could read it at 10 years. Because this is the second in the series I would recommend reading it after the first: Over sea, Under stone (A just as brilliant book) Overall this is a must read book.
age 11+

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age 9+

A good book for reading.

The Dark is Rising was a great book ,but to me, Susan Cooper could explain more things to made the story more easier to understand. The book is about Will, a 11 year boy whose birthday is coming up. He was given a Sign and later told he was part of the Old Ones. He needs to find Signs ,which are magical and one of the ways the Light needs to defeat the Dark. He is needing to finding them fast before the Dark gets to their maximum power and beat the Light. The pros about the book that it provides a lot of suspense. I love the book for this part. It also tells the plot every well. The cons are that it really doesn’t tell you much about background information. It tells information about the Old Ones and how some of the Signs are made and their history.But some thing just don’t get answered Like for example, why does Will need to find the Signs.The signs are hidden by the Old Ones but the Old Ones need Will to find them.Will goes though the book doing what is told to do ,which is not very much. I would rate this book a nice B-. I give this rating because Will doesn’t very much exciting. It is very dull. I still like the suspense and characters though. The suspense is too much a good factor to the book and I must give it that. I honestly thought the book was OK. I don’t think I’ll reread it , but it was a good read in my opinion.

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age 13+

The Dark Is Rising Review.

So this book deserves a 6 out of a 10 the reason why i say this is because it has too much violence.I would not recommend this book for 15 and under.So this book is about a boy named Will Stanton, the youngest of 10 children, will celebrate his 11th birthday on Midwinter's Day. On the day before his birthday, an old man hides and watches him, and a neighbor, Farmer Dawson, warns Will about a man called the Walker and impending danger.
age 12+
It was a okay book but I won't read it.The reason I read the book was because I couldn't find any other book close to my reading level. The chapters are to long
age 17+

the dark is rising

i think it is amazing book it has some good action and i have to read it for school but i still think its good for anyone to read

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age 9+
It's very boring. I was forced to read it in class and all my teacher ever did was tell us to read a part at home. She thought it was interesting but really it was just a disappointment. This book might have been interesting to me if I read it when I was 8 and still believed in time travel. Now I'm more into non-fiction books. Overall, it's a boring, non interesting story. I would never recommend it and when I have kids, I will never make them read this garbage. (No offensive Susan Cooper)

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Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much consumerism
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 2+

uwuwu

i completely disagree with you uwuwu. please tell me where the commercialism and violence is. small amount amount of violence. i could of handled it when i was 6. i only rated 10 and up becausd its a bit hard to understand.

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Too much violence
age 17+

The Dark is Rising.... Slowly

I read this book this year (2011) as a seventh grader and I found the plot in this book really hard to follow. The storyline (of what I could understand) was really not interesting and I thought this was a really uninteresting. A small part of the reason I highly disliked this book was because my class ran this book into the ground going into depth with it. The book really has no action in it. The only scenes that could even pass as an action seen where basically when the wind started blowing harder, it got colder, and the main character holds up a couple of signs and everything is OK again. As for the "violence" part of the rating- The burn is not graphically described at all and for the mother breaking her leg because she was forced to fall down the stairs, that is basically how it is described. If an eight year old could understand the plot, they would not even be offended. I honestly did not like this book at all and I would have given it a one star rating but I reserve that rating for books only as bad as the novel "Julie of the Wolves". And as for me giving it an "off" rating, it is not because it is inappropriate but more so because it is just a boring novel.