Over Sea, Under Stone

Over Sea, Under Stone

Book - 1965
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On holiday in Cornwall, Simon, Jane and Barney Drew discover an ancient map in the attic of the Grey House, where they are staying with their mysterious Great-Uncle Merry. They know immediately that it is special. But it is much more than just a map. It is the start of a quest to find a grail, a source of great power that could contain - or resurrect - the powerful, age-old forces of evil in the world. And the Drews are not the only ones searching for it.
Publisher: San Diego : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich ; London : Bodley Head : Chatto and Windus, c1965.
ISBN: 9780241377130
Branch Call Number: J COO
Additional Contributors: Gill, Margery


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Mar 02, 2020

Worst. book. ever.

JCLTamiT Nov 07, 2017

I remember discovering this book while browsing the shelves of a children's bookstore back when I was around 11 years old. It's a classic adventure story that I loved reading then, and still enjoy during a reread of the series to this day. I can understand why some people say to skip this one, and start with The Dark is Rising, but this will always be where the story begins for me.

FindingJane Jun 20, 2016

While the hunt for the mystical grail was of interest, I was far more intrigued by the interplay among the sibling children. They came off as individuals, complete with the requisite squabbling, the seeking for attention, the yearning for adventure and the pride of being the first one to know or figure out something.

Looming over them is their Great-Uncle Merry (short for Merriman Lyon), who is one of the more enigmatic figures out there and knows more than he lets on, to either the children or the reader. He just barely skirts the edges of being a portentous figure of doom or boredom. I suppose because it’s the children who are meant to hold center stage.

Sometimes I was confused by their meanderings. When they were trying to figure out the lay of shadows cast by stones and landmarks of hills and ocean, I couldn’t quite figure out what they meant. At those points, I thought the book would benefit greatly from illustrations.

But the overall story is exciting, even if I found the conclusion baffling. The grail wasn’t the object of importance that it had seemed to be but merely the prize in a chase. But there is a lost object whose importance is only vaguely hinted at and this frustrated me no end. What, exactly, did these people intend to do with a grail? If it was of such dire need to either side, why did it wind up sitting on a shelf for public display?

The end of the story was such a letdown; I can only conclude that the whole thing is meant to be of importance in some later volume in these series.

Jul 07, 2015

Well written adventure yarn- it seemed to me the 80's movie " Goonies " borrowed quite liberally from this book.

npj Apr 21, 2014

Amazing book. wonderful for the whole family! it's so mysterious. Every time i read this book i love it even more!

Jan 04, 2014

I love this series! I read them to my son, my mother read them on her own and now I'm reading them to my grandchild.

Aug 11, 2012

I enjoyed it much more as a child than as an adult. It's not my favorite in the series but still a good read- especially if your a child who loves a treasure hunt!

May 19, 2010


Oct 24, 2007

This was a real disappointment. I anticipated something fast-paced and engaging, instead i found it VERY slow and monotonous. The 3 kids in the story are predictable and stuffy (characters of their times I suppose - 1966). I have read that it is both the best and worst of The Dark Is Rising Series, which is too bad, because it put me off reading any of the other books. Instead of being pulled into a new series, it's pushed me away. The only reason I finished the book is because it was less than 200 pages.

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