The Margaret A. Edwards Award is new to me. It honours an author for “significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature” and is organised by the young adult division of the American Library Association. The 2012 winner is Susan Cooper for The Dark Is Rising series: Over Sea, Under Stone; The Dark Is Rising; Greenwitch; The Grey King; and Silver on the Tree.
I wonder if Susan Cooper drew any inspiration from Rosemary Sutcliff’s work? I have not read the stories; but the press release said that the stories “evoke Celtic and Arthurian mythology” as they recount the adventures of Will Stanton , the last of the ‘immortal Old Ones’, who acquires the ‘Things of Power’ for the ‘Light’ in its battle with the ‘Dark’. Not my sort of book …. but maybe someone who reads this blog has read the stories and can comment?