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Susan Cooper

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in Burnham, Buckinghamshire, The United Kingdom



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About this author

Susan Cooper's latest book is the YA novel "Ghost Hawk" (2013)

Susan Cooper was born in 1935, and grew up in England's Buckinghamshire, an area that was green countryside then but has since become part of Greater London. As a child, she loved to read, as did her younger brother, who also became a writer. After attending Oxford, where she became the first woman to ever edit that university's newspaper, Cooper worked as a reporter and feature writer for London's Sunday Times; her first boss was James Bond creator Ian Fleming.

Cooper wrote her first book for young readers in response to a publishing house competition; "Over Sea, Under Stone" would later form the basis for her critically acclaimed five-book fantasy sequence, "The Dark Is Rising."...more

Average rating: 4.03 · 137,101 ratings · 5,349 reviews · 30 distinct works · Similar authors
The Dark is Rising (The Dar...
4.06 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 31,381 ratings — published 1973 — 76 editions
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Over Sea, Under Stone (The ...
3.83 of 5 stars 3.83 avg rating — 26,413 ratings — published 1965 — 59 editions
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The Grey King (The Dark is ...
4.18 of 5 stars 4.18 avg rating — 21,950 ratings — published 1975 — 50 editions
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Silver on the Tree (The Dar...
4.16 of 5 stars 4.16 avg rating — 21,750 ratings — published 1977 — 44 editions
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Greenwitch (The Dark is Ris...
3.97 of 5 stars 3.97 avg rating — 16,676 ratings — published 1974 — 47 editions
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4.31 of 5 stars 4.31 avg rating — 9,534 ratings — published 1984 — 18 editions
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The Boggart (The Boggart, #1)
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 2,784 ratings — published 1993 — 22 editions
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King of Shadows
3.7 of 5 stars 3.70 avg rating — 1,704 ratings — published 1999 — 28 editions
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3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 1,102 ratings — published 1983 — 11 editions
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Ghost Hawk
3.69 of 5 stars 3.69 avg rating — 884 ratings — published 2013 — 11 editions
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Over Sea, Under Stone The Dark is Rising Greenwitch The Grey King Silver on the Tree
The Dark is Rising (5 books)
4.05722834941722 of 5 stars 4.06 avg rating — 127,664 ratings

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Susan's Recent Updates

date: March 02, 2014 03:00PM
location: Johnston Middle School, 10410 Manhattan Dr., Houston, TX, The United States
description: Inprint invites everyone to enjoy an afternoon with bestselling children’s author Susan Cooper. Ms. Cooper will present her new book Ghost Hawk (for ages 10 and up). After her presentation, she will take questions from the audience, followed by a book sale and signing, giving fans a chance to visit with her. Books will be available for sale at the event through Blue Willow Bookshop.
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The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
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Under Another Sky by Charlotte Higgins
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date: October 31, 2013 06:30PM
location: Swiss Cottage Library, 88 Avenue Road, London, The United Kingdom
description: A panel discussion with Susan Cooper, Sally Gardner, Geraldine McCaughrean and Chris Priestley. The authors will be discussing their books and the inspiration they take from myth and history. The event will be chaired by Clive Barnes of Ibby UK (International Board for Books for Young People).

This is an unmissable event for anyone interested in modern children's literature.

Refreshments will be served. Tickets are free but should be booked in advance.

More of Susan's books…
“On the day of the dead, when the year too dies,
Must the youngest open the oldest hills
Through the door of the birds, where the breeze breaks.
There fire shall fly from the raven boy,
And the silver eyes that see the wind,
And the light shall have the harp of gold.

By the pleasant lake the Sleepers lie,
On Cadfan’s Way where the kestrels call;
Though grim from the Grey King shadows fall,
Yet singing the golden harp shall guide
To break their sleep and bid them ride.

When light from the lost land shall return,
Six Sleepers shall ride, six Signs shall burn,
And where the midsummer tree grows tall
By Pendragon’s sword the Dark shall fall.

Y maent yr mynyddoedd yn canu,
ac y mae’r arglwyddes yn dod.”
Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising Sequence

“When the Dark comes rising six shall turn it back;
Three from the circle, three from the track;
Wood, bronze, iron; Water, fire, stone;
Five will return and one go alone.

Iron for the birthday; bronze carried long;
Wood from the burning; stone out of song;
Fire in the candle ring; water from the thaw;
Six signs the circle and the grail gone before.

Fire on the mountain shall find the harp of gold
Played to wake the sleepers, oldest of old.
Power from the Green Witch, lost beneath the sea.
All shall find the Light at last, silver on the tree.”
Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising Sequence

“The future cannot blame the present, just as the present cannot blame the past. The hope is always here, always alive, but only your fierce caring can fan it into a fire to warm the world.”
Susan Cooper, Silver on the Tree


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Gina Marinello-Sweeney So nice to "meet" you, Ms. Cooper! I have been a fan of yours for many years. :)

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