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'Great' children's books revealed

Philip Pullman's Northern Lights has been selected as one of the greatest children's books, but CS Lewis and Terry Pratchett have been omitted.

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First Picture Released of 'The Golden Compass' Adaptation

The buzz surrounding the film adaptation of Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, the first in the author's “His Dark Materials” trilogy, has grown thanks to a single picture. New Line Cinema released the first still from the film, which shows Nicole Kidman alongside newcomer Dakota Blue Richards, yesterday. Already newspapers and websites in the U.K., where the film is set and is filming, are discussing the film, which is set to be released in late 2007.

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Bizarre Soulmates: The Magic of 'His Dark Materials'

The feature is part of NPR's weekly summer segment All Things Considered. In a special, called You Must Read This, writer Julie Powell discusses her passion and admiration for His Dark Materials.

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New Line Cinema Greenlights The Golden Compass for a September 4th Start Date.

LONDON (June 28, 2006) — New Line Cinema has officially greenlit production on The Golden Compass, the highly anticipated adaptation of the first of author Philip Pullman's bestselling His Dark Materials trilogy, it was announced today by New Line's Co-Chairmen and Co-CEOs Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne. Production on the $150 million-budgeted film is scheduled to begin September 4 in the UK, with Oscar-nominated writer/director Chris Weitz (About a Boy, Antz) at the helm.

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Awards for Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, His Dark Materials, Book I

Winner of the Carnegie Medal (England)
Winner of the Guardian Fiction Prize (England)
An ALA Notable Book
An ALA Top Ten Best Book for Young Adults
A Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book
A Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books Blue Ribbon book
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Booklist Editors’ Choice – “Top of the List”
A Book-of-the-Month Club Main Selection
A Children’s ABBY Honor Book


Praise for Philip Pullman's The Golden Compass, His Dark Materials, Book I

"Very grand indeed."
- The New York Times

"Powerful… a fantasy adventure that sparkles with childlike wonder."
- The Boston Sunday Globe

"Marvelous… the writing is elegant and challenging."
- The New Yorker

"Superb… all-stops-out thrilling."
- The Washington Post

"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years… If [The Subtle Knife] is as good as The Golden Compass, we'll be two thirds of the way to the completion of a modern fantasy classic."
- The Washington Post Book World

"Masterful storytelling… with a cast of instantly beguiling characters."
- The Dallas Morning News

"Extraordinary storytelling at its very best."
- The Detroit Free Press

"The Golden Compass is one of the best fantasy/adventure stories that I have read in years. This is a book no one should miss."
- Terry Brooks, author of The Sword of Shannara

"Once in a lifetime a children's author emerges who is so extraordinary that the imagination of generations is altered. Lewis Carroll, E. Nesbit, C.S. Lewis, and Tolkien were all of this cast. So, too, is Philip Pullman, whose Dark Materials trilogy will be devoured by anyone between eight and eighty. The most ambitious work since The Lord of the Rings, it is as intellectually thrilling as it is magnificently written."
- New Statesman

"Thrillingly paced and exotic…breathtaking."
- Columbus Dispatch

"As always, Pullman is a master at combing impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension."
- Publishers Weekly, Starred

"This first fantastic installment propels readers along with horror and high adventure… A shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe."
- Kirkus Reviews, Pointer

"A totally involving, intricately plotted fantasy that will leave readers clamoring for the sequels."
- Booklist

"This is a captivating fantasy, filled with excitement, suspense, and unusual characters."
- School Library Journal

"This is an incomparable treat for lovers of fantasy literature."
- AudioFile