I'm giving this 3 1/2 starts having heard that the sequels are much better and leaving room for improvement.
A quick, enjoyable read. There were a few holes in the story, which might be resolved in a future plot, but overall an excellent book for it's genre.
Stupid, stupid children. I wanted to smack you. If someone you trust tells you not to go anywhere alone, follow that advice.
I'm sure I'll read The Dark is Rising eventually.