Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Black Harvest” as Want to Read:
Black Harvest
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Black Harvest (Dark Powers #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  119 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Colin and Prill were looking forward to a holiday of fun and adventure in Ireland. It would have been perfect if only they hadn't had to drag along their cousin Oliver. But Oliver, it turns out, isn't their biggest problem. Almost from the moment they arrive, Colin feels sick from an awful smell, so powerful and horrible that it seems to be rising from the land of the dead ...more
Paperback, Collins Modern Classics
Published November 6th 2009 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks (first published October 13th 1983)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Black Harvest, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Black Harvest

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Mary Haines
Mar 27, 2013 Mary Haines rated it it was amazing
Mrs Pilling was my English teacher.
Clare O'Beara
Dec 22, 2016 Clare O'Beara rated it it was amazing
This is a creepy fantasy tale on the lines of Elidor, in which the unreal and scary start to seep into real life. Three young people are staying in a seaside cottage in the west of Ireland. A brother, sister and their cousin. The mother of the siblings is also present and her small baby, and an unfortunate dog.

Feelings of foreboding along with heat, mustiness and a horrible smell ruin their plans for a good summer, and the baby frets. The dog goes off her food and the kids don't get along. Alon
...more
Molly
This creepy story takes place in Ireland round the 80's, when a family vacationing in a rural bungalow become victim to poltergeist type of activity. After the father leaves, the children begin to have nightmares and hallucinations. They see starving people, and their food goes rotten immediately. Without a car, and with the help of some climatic storms, cut off from all communication, they slowly begin to starve and sicken. This is a good book to teach about the Potato Famine, while giving stud ...more
Natalie Morosiuk
Nov 21, 2015 Natalie Morosiuk rated it did not like it
Horrifically bad book. I kept hoping that it would get better but it never did. Read the blurb and you know the book, you'll be bored less and you will save yourself a lot of time. Nothing happens! So some kids go on holiday, they are miserable and all their food goes off too quickly and there is a bad smell... that's it... What is interesting about that?! My life is more interesting! I have fruit rotting in my fruit bowl that smells bad which is more exciting than this book!!
Particle_Person
This is an outstandingly good book. It's one of the few YA ghost stories I've read that can still scare me as an adult — it's genuinely creepy. If you're a writer, you should study the way Pilling gets her effects. I'd say more but if I discuss them they won't work as well. ;-)
Tom
Jan 02, 2014 Tom rated it liked it
I loved this book when I was growing up. I read it in an afternoon and couldn’t put it down. I was disappointed not to enjoy it as much as I did when I was eleven but this is probably because it does not have the crossover appeal of the last book I read. Still, this is a pretty terrifying ghost story and the increasing feeling of dread is well controlled up until the finale.
John
John rated it it was ok
Oct 22, 2014
Ladygreyeyes
Ladygreyeyes rated it it was amazing
May 21, 2015
Sophie Rhodes-martin
Sophie Rhodes-martin rated it it was amazing
Aug 18, 2013
Shaivya Sharma
Shaivya Sharma rated it it was amazing
Aug 01, 2015
Jennifer Hurst
Jennifer Hurst rated it really liked it
Aug 31, 2016
ember x
ember x rated it really liked it
Jan 20, 2015
Lindsay Winter
Lindsay Winter rated it really liked it
Aug 13, 2012
Enya-Marie
Enya-Marie rated it it was amazing
Oct 19, 2014
Beckieallen
Beckieallen rated it liked it
Feb 03, 2013
K.p.
K.p. rated it really liked it
Jul 04, 2009
Anna Corbett
Anna Corbett rated it liked it
Jan 24, 2015
Hannah
Hannah rated it really liked it
Oct 21, 2014
Sadie
Sadie rated it liked it
Mar 01, 2012
Marios Antoniou
Marios Antoniou rated it really liked it
Aug 04, 2014
Arya Abraham
Arya Abraham rated it it was amazing
Dec 30, 2013
Amy
Amy rated it really liked it
Apr 28, 2016
Georgia
Georgia rated it liked it
Jan 04, 2013
Sneha
Sneha rated it really liked it
Sep 07, 2011
Rowenna
Rowenna rated it liked it
Jun 28, 2014
David Loveland
David Loveland rated it liked it
Jul 22, 2011
Posy
Posy rated it liked it
Apr 10, 2016
Mtzk992
Mtzk992 rated it it was amazing
Sep 05, 2015
Camelia
Camelia rated it it was amazing
Jul 15, 2011
Richard
Richard rated it liked it
Jul 23, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
60791
Born in 1944 in Lancashire, British poet and children's author Ann Pilling read English at King’s College, London, where she wrote her thesis on C.S. Lewis' fiction. She has published over thirty books for children, one of which - Henry's Leg - won The Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction. She has two sons, six grandchildren, and currently lives in the Yorkshire Dales. Since 2003, she has concent ...more
More about Ann Pilling...

Other Books in the Series

Dark Powers (5 books)
  • The Beggar's Curse
  • The Witch of Lagg
  • The Pit
  • The Empty Frame

Share This Book



No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »