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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials
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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials
His Dark Materials - Book I
Written by Philip PullmanAuthor Alerts:  Random House will alert you to new works by Philip Pullman
| Knopf Books for Young Readers | Hardcover | April 1996 | $20.00 | 978-0-679-87924-4 (0-679-87924-2)
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ABOUT THIS BOOK

“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


REVIEWS

"As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension.  This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra's adventures."--(starred review), Publishers Weekly


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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 www.philip-pullman.com and www.hisdarkmaterials.com.


AWARDS

WINNER 1996 - Carnegie Medal
NOMINEE 1997 - American Booksellers Book of the Year (ABBY) Award - Children
WINNER 1997 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
WINNER 1997 - ALA Notable Children's Book
WINNER 1999 - Texas Lonestar Reading List
WINNER 1997 - Maine Student Book Award
FINALIST 1998 - Massachusetts Children's Book Award
WINNER 2012 - TimeOutNewYorkKids.com 50 Best Books for Kids



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