The book takes place in winter and starts off by following a young boy who just turned a certain age like 13 or in that range. The boy notices that as he was walking back home that crows or ravens were following him and looking at him with intelligence. As he passes each crow, it looks directly at him at caws while looking at him. The boy remarks on the strangeness but shrugs it off at first.

When the boy gets home, it is dark and there are street lights and as he is about to enter his home he feels a strange presence and turns around and some of the street lights are out and he feels someone watching him.

I don't remember much more than that in specifics. I want to say that something happens that night and the boy is rescued by a stranger who is fighting a battle with the people that were following the boy. I believe there is magic in there as well something that has to do with the seasons or night and day but i am not sure.

  • Do you remember anything about the boy (name, why he was being followed)? Do you remember when you read it and who it was aimed at? Can you remember any specific dialogue or words that were unique/unusual?
    – Valorum
    Nov 23, 2014 at 19:18
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    I don't think I've ever seen an immediately self-answered story-identification question before.
    – Bobson
    Nov 24, 2014 at 2:00

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The book series is called The Dark is Rising (1965-1977) by Susan Cooper.

Will Stanton, the seventh son of a seventh son, is actually one of the Light and an Old One, and is now coming into his powers. He soon meets up with a mentor, Merriman Lyon, and they have to acquire certain magical artifacts that will be used to fight against the Dark.

In the beginning of the first book, it is the main character's birthday, and the rooks outside are acting strangely,

  • Can you confirm why you think this is the right book?
    – Valorum
    Nov 23, 2014 at 19:36
  • That exact scene is in the book. Will (ha-ha) add more details to the answer.
    – mkennedy
    Nov 23, 2014 at 21:51
  • @mkennedy - What you've added doesn't suggest that this is the right book
    – Valorum
    Nov 23, 2014 at 22:55
  • I have the Dark is Rising books, but I have to say I can't find any scene like the one described in the question. Nov 24, 2014 at 10:37
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