Publication Date: December 21, 2001
Reading Level: Lexile Measure 920L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level X
Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8
Major Awards: Newbery Honor Award and two Carnegie Honor Awards
Number of Pages: 232 pages
Approximate Word Count for the Five Book Series: 331,840 words - The average reader will spend 22 hours and 7 minutes reading The Dark Is Rising Sequence.
Audible Book Length: 8 hrs and 42 mins
Book Themes: Good vs Evil, Language and Communication, Fate vs Free Will, Power, Family
Genre: fantasy, #2 in a sequence of 5
The snow lay thin and apologetic over the world. That wide grey sweep was the lawn, with the straggling trees of the orchard still dark beyond; the white squares were the roofs of the garage, the old barn, the rabbit hutches, the chicken coops. Further back there were only the flat fields of Dawson's farm, dimly white-striped. All the broad sky was grey, full of more snow that refused to fall. There was no colour anywhere.”
First Line: "Too many!" James shouted, and slammed the door behind him.
"What?" said Will.
"Too many kids in this family, that's what. Just too many."
Point of View: Third Person (Omniscient)