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Classic childhood favorites for second graders

Revisit tales about a tug boat or a pair of ducklings in these classic kids' books.

By GreatSchools Staff

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The Dark is Rising

The Dark Is Rising

The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper (Simon and Schuster, 1973). $8.99.
Amazon / IndieBound / Powell's.

Parents need to know that Susan Cooper's powerful narrative vision will draw young readers into this exciting tale. There is some fantasy violence and a young man turns against his benefactor and follows the forces of the Dark. This is the second book in a five-book series and actually the best one to start with. 224 pages. Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.

— Common Sense Media

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