Magic Tree House
Junie B. Jones
Twelve-year-old Will Parry and his mentally ill mother find themselves hunted by government men who seek answers about a missing folder and his father's disappearance during an Arctic expedition. Will stumbles upon a portal leading from England and Earth to a strange city called Cittagazza, a place no adults can enter. Here he encounters Lyra who eventually sets out to help Will find his father. In the process, she encounters a woman scientist researching the dark matter known as Dust, manages to lose the Golden Compass, and finds herself being blackmailed into stealing the Subtle Knife, a powerful weapon. Meanwhile, back in Lyra?s world, Lord Asriel forms an army to destroy the corrupt Authority, and Serafina Pekkala sets out to find and protect Lyra. Violent, exciting, and thought-provoking, Pullman has written a thriller! The cliffhanger ending leads straight to The Amber Spyglass.
Prepared by Pat Strawn, Librarian, John Jay High School, San Antonio, Texas