The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials

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Random House Children's Books, Nov 13, 2001 - Juvenile Fiction - 432 pages
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“The most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings.” --The Oregonian

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal--including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.
Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra: a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want.
But what Lyra doesn't know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other. . . .

A New York Times Bestseller
A Newsweek Top 100 Book of All Time
An Entertainment Weekly All-Time Greatest Novel
Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction
"Very grand indeed." --The New York Times
"Superb . . . all-stops-out thrilling." --The Washington Post
"A shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred
"The Golden Compass is one of the best fantasy / adventure stories that I have read. This is a book no one should miss."--Terry Brooks

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[Taken from my blog: http://The Story: The Golden Compass (or Northern Lights, its UK title), by Philip Pullman, is the first book in the His Dark Materials trilogy (which also consists of The Subtle ... Read full review

Review: The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1)

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It took me a bit to get into this one, but once I did, I thoroughly enjoyed. I chose this one to fulfill a banned book challenge on a book challenge I am doing this year. I understand that the book ... Read full review

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ONE The Decanter of Tokay
TWO The Idea of North
EIGHT Frustration
TEN The Consul and the Bear
FOURTEEN Bolvangar Lights
SIXTEEN The Silver Guillotine
TWENTY Mortal Combat
TWENTYONE Lord Asriels Welcome
TWENTYTHREE The Bridge to the Stars
The Subtle Knife Excerpt

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Philip Pullman has won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass (and the reader-voted "Carnegie of Carnegies" for the best children's book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Award for The Amber Spyglass; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass); Parents' Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Philip Pullman is the author of many books for young readers, including two volumes related to the His Dark Materials trilogy: Lyra's Oxford and Once Upon a Time in the North. He lives in Oxford, England. To learn more, please visit and

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