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In a landmark epic of fantasy and storytelling, Philip Pullman invites readers into a world as convincing and thoroughly realized as Narnia, Earthsea, or Redwall. Here lives an orphaned ward named Lyra Belacqua, whose carefree life among the scholars at Oxford's Jordan College is shattered by the arrival of two powerful visitors. First, her fearsome uncle, Lord Asriel, appears with evidence of mystery and danger in the far North, including photographs of a mysterious celestial phenomenon called Dust and the dim outline of a city suspended in the Aurora Borealis that he suspects is part of an alternate universe. He leaves Lyra in the care of Mrs. Coulter, an enigmatic scholar and explorer who offers to give Lyra the attention her uncle has long refused her. In this multilayered narrative, however, nothing is as it seems. Lyra sets out for the top of the world in search of her kidnapped playmate, Roger, bearing a rare truth-telling instrument, the compass of the title. All around her children are disappearing — victims of so-called "Gobblers" — and being used as subjects in terrible experiments that separate humans from their daemons, creatures that reflect each person's inner being. And somehow, both Lord Asriel and Mrs. Coulter are involved.

Review:

"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." Publishers Weekly, (starred review)

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"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past 20 years....It's sheerly, breathtakingly, all-stops-out thrilling." The Washington Post

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"Fantastic....A shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe." Kirkus Reviews

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"Very grand indeed...scene after scene of power and beauty." The New York Times Book Review

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"Filled with fast-paced action....A totally involving, intricately plotted fantasy that will leave readers clamoring for the sequels." Sally Estes, Booklist

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"[A] sweeping, suspenseful fantasy novel....Kidnapped children, armored bears, and evil science experiments are just some of the elements in the touching, exciting, and mysterious story." Horn Book

Review:

"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

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) 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.

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Timshel, December 18, 2006 (view all comments by Timshel)
"A fantastic read" is an understatement. The first time I read this book (about four years ago) I thought to myself "yeck is this moving slowly..." Then, after the first chapter I was in a trance: I felt I was a part of the novel and traversing through worlds with Lyra. The Golden Compass and the two that follow (The Subtle Knife being my favorite) are books suitable for all generations and for all moments in life.
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shaydesavannah, September 18, 2006 (view all comments by shaydesavannah)
This book is amazing. When I was on page 5, I became in love with it. Philip Pullman is an amazing writer.
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m0chafrappucc1n0, August 7, 2006 (view all comments by m0chafrappucc1n0)
One of the best YA fantasy series I have read and expect to read in my entire life.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780375823459
Cover artist:
Ericka Meltzer O'Rourke
Publisher:
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Author:
Pullman, Philip
Location:
New York
Subject:
Action & Adventure
Subject:
Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Magic
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - Fantasy
Subject:
Fantastic fiction
Subject:
Fantasy
Subject:
Arctic regions
Subject:
Kidnapping
Subject:
Missing persons
Subject:
Action & Adventure - General
Subject:
Fantasy & Magic
Subject:
Children s-Science Fiction and Fantasy
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
His Dark Materials
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20020931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.01x5.19x1.07 in. .89 lbs.
Age Level:
13-17

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Product details 544 pages Alfred A. Knopf - English 9780375823459 Reviews:
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past 20 years....It's sheerly, breathtakingly, all-stops-out thrilling."
"Review" by , "Fantastic....A shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe."
"Review" by , "Very grand indeed...scene after scene of power and beauty."
"Review" by , "Filled with fast-paced action....A totally involving, intricately plotted fantasy that will leave readers clamoring for the sequels."
"Review" by , "[A] sweeping, suspenseful fantasy novel....Kidnapped children, armored bears, and evil science experiments are just some of the elements in the touching, exciting, and mysterious story."
"Review" by , "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."
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