Synopses & Reviews
Simon, Jane and Barney, enlisted by their mysterious great uncle, arrive in a small coastal town to help recover a priceless golden grail stolen by the forces of evil, the Dark. They are not at first aware of the strange powers of another boy brought to help, Will Stanton -- nor of the sinister significance of the Greenwitch, an image of leaves and branches that for centuries has been cast into the sea for good luck in fishing and harvest.
Their search for the grail sets into motion a series of disturbing, sometimes dangerous events that, at their climax, bring forth a gift that, for a time at least, will keep the Dark from rising.
With the help of Jane Drew and her brothers, Will Stanton struggles against the powers of the Dark for possession of an ancient grail. "The marvelously sustained pace of the story skillfully modulates from the reality of everyday life through superstition and folklore to confrontation with the numinous".--The Horn Book.
About the Author
SUSAN COOPER is best known for her acclaimed sequence of fantasy novels known as The Dark Is
Rising which includes OVER SEA, UNDER STONE; THE DARK IS RISING (1974 Newbery Honor book); GREENWITCH;
THE GREY KING (1976 Newbery Award book); and SILVER ON THE TREE. Her novels for young readers also
include SEAWARD and DAWN OF FEAR. She has written three books for younger children as well: THE SILVER
COW, THE SELKIE GIRL, and TAM LIN, all illustrated by Warwick Hutton. In collaboration with actor
Hume Cronyn, she wrote the Broadway play Foxfire and -- for Jane Fonda -- the television film
The Dollmaker, for which they received the Humanitas Prize in 1985. Born in Buckinghamshire,
England, Susan Cooper moved to the United States in 1963 and now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.