This might be the first Newbery winner that I felt was just 'ok'. Newbery winners go beyond plot. They feature heroes that make difficult choices and have complex lives. This story is part of Susan Cooper's The Dark is Rising and I have to admit that I have only read one or two of the earlier books. So maybe I missed something in the earlier parts of this series. But in this story, the good characters do good deeds and make good choices and fight evil. But I didn't think they suffered huge angst over what they should do, or had incredibly deep characters. And, the plot was a bit predictable. Maybe I'm missing something, but when a book's cover has that medal on it, I expect a story that will stay with me for a long time. This one, didn't do it for me.