Kneeknock Rise

Natalie Babbitt; Illustrated by the author

Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

From the moment young Egan arrives in Instep for the annual fair, he is entranced by the fable surrounding the misty peak of Kneeknock Rise: On stormy nights when the rain drives harsh and cold, an undiscovered creature raises its voice and moans. Nobody knows what it is—nobody has ever dared to try to find out and come back again. Before long, Egan is climbing the Rise to find an answer to the mystery.

Kneeknock Rise is a 1971 Newbery Honor Book.


Praise for Kneeknock Rise

“Here’s a wonderfully fluent fable about man’s need to have something to believe in. . . . The strength of this tale is in Natalie Babbitt’s clean, modern, very confident telling. For children, especially, this is fine writing.”—School Library Journal, Starred Review

“An enchanting tale imbued with a folk flavor.”—Booklist, Starred Review

“The allegory seems to have grown slowly and surely, so much folk feeling does it have along with its symbolism and satire. Beautifully and clearly written, the story can be read aloud with pleasure.”—The Horn Book Magazine

“Natalie Babbitt’s prose is as clean as her pen line. Like The Search . . . delicious.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The theme is ageless—it poses the questions: Who is the fool? Who is the wise man? With help from her characters and from a sly cat and a very endearing old dog, Natalie Babbitt gives a brilliant answer—brilliant because her star, with each new book she writes, shines brighter in the universe of children’s books.”—Publishers Weekly

“Fantasy for the whole family.”—Cleveland Plain Dealer

“A delightful fantasy stressing man’s need for a belief in the supernatural.”—The Kansas City Star

Reviews from Goodreads



  • Natalie Babbitt; Illustrated by the author

  • A gifted artist and writer, Natalie Babbitt is the award-winning author of the modern classic Tuck Everlasting, The Eyes of the Amaryllis, Kneeknock Rise and many other brilliantly original books for young people. She began her career in 1966 as the illustrator of The Forty-ninth Magician, a collaboration with her husband. When her husband became a college president and no longer had time to collaborate, Babbitt tried her hand at writing. Her first novel, The Search for Delicious, established her gift for writing magical tales with profound meaning. Kneeknock Rise earned her a Newbery Honor Medal, and in 2002, Tuck Everlasting was adapted into a major motion picture. Natalie Babbitt lives in Providence, Rhode Island, and is a grandmother of three.
  • Natalie Babbitt


Available Formats and Book Details

Kneeknock Rise

Natalie Babbitt; Illustrated by the author

Newbery Honor Book
  • Trade Paperback


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Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)