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Greenwitch
The Arthurian grail that Simon, Jane, and Barney Drew found on the coast of Cornwall in Over Sea, Under Stone has been stolen from the British Museum. So Great Uncle Merry takes them again to the seacoast village of Trewissick (this time over the Easter holiday week) to recover the cup. This time, they are allied with Will Stanton, the hero of the second book, The Dark is Rising, still a young boy possessed of the great powers of the Old Ones. The women ...
King of Shadows
Nathan Field, an teen orphan from North Carolina, is a talented actor who is chosen for the Company of Boys, who will rehearse Shakespeare, be flown to England, and perform the plays "as they were done" at the Globe Theater. Shortly after arriving in London, he falls very sick -- perhaps with bubonic plague -- and wakes up to find himself in London 400 years before: in 1599, shortly after the original Globe opened. He learns how rough and hard life was i...
Over Sea, Under Stone
Simon, Jane, and Barnabas ("Barney") Drew go for a holiday in Trewissick, on the coast of Cornwall, and stay in the majestic Grey House, which belongs to a sea captain but is being temporarily occupied by their Great Uncle Merriman ("Merry") Lyon. While exploring in an attic, Barney finds a mysterious map or drawing that seems very old. Uncle Merry confirms that it may be a 600-year-old copy of a document that dates from 900 years ago, shortly after the...
Silver On The Tree
The final part of the tale of the war of the Old Ones against the Dark is a tragedy and a victory. The Grail and the Harp of Gold have been found and have played their part; the Six Linked Talismans are still at use in the war. The Wild Hunt was released to harry the Dark, who suffered badly at their hands. Now there remains the quest for the Crystal Sword in the Lost Land. Our Jedi of the previous books are now all brought together: Simon, Jane, and Bar...

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The Boggart
The Volniks are a modern Toronto family: Mother Maggie owns an antique shop, father Robert is artistic director of a playhouse, and the kids are Jessup, 10, and his slightly older sister Emily. The family learns they have inherited a distant relation's castle on an island in a Scottish loch; they go over to visit the place, realize they could never live there, and sell it. But among the few things they bring back to Canada unknowingly is the castle's lon...
The Boggart and the Monster
Two years have passed since the Volnik family inadvertantly took a boggart -- a magical and mischievous spirit -- home to Toronto and then returned it to Scotland. Now the family has gone to Scotland for a visit so Emily and Jessup can spend some time with the new owner of the island Castle Keep they inherited then sold to him, Mr. Macanochie. During a camping trip to Loch Ness, the kids and the retired lawyer catch sight of the legendary monster, who is...
The Dark Is Rising
Will Stanton, the youngest of 9 children, is approaching his 11th birthday in the midwinter. Powerful forces of good and evil congregate about him, and he learns he is the last of the Old Ones -- the first in 500 years -- who have guarded the Earth against the Dark. Will must find the six magical Signs that will consolidate the power of the Old Ones against the approaching Dark. With the protection and guidance of Merriman in particular, Will travels bac...
The Grey King
Eleven-year-old Will Stanton, the last of the Old Ones and defender of the Light, has been sent to Wales to recuperate from sickness and his last adventure. He is also on a mission to locate the magic golden harp, which is hidden somewhere in the Welsh mountains. Will receives assistance from Bran, a strange albino boy with white hair, and John Rowlands, a solid farmer who guesses his true identity. They are up against the Grey King, who rules from th...


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