The Dark is Rising is by Susan Cooper. The second book in the Dark is Rising sequence. On his eleventh birthday, Will discovers he is the last of the Old Ones, immortals dedicated to defeating the evil of the Dark. He must find and assemble the six signs that will give the Old Ones the power they need to keep the Dark from rising. Will must learn to control and use his new-found powers, and race against time to save his family and the world from the Dark and its evil minions. This series is magical and enthralling. You will want to grab the next book in the series immediately.
Ratings: 6th grade - V (some violence).