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The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1)
by Philip Pullman

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The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) by Philip Pullman Overview

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 sus 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 alethiometer. 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.

Philip Pullman

About The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1) Description

In 1946, acclaimed author Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England, into a Protestant family. Although his beloved grandfather was an Anglican priest, Pullman became an atheist in his teenage years. He graduated from Exeter College in Oxford with a degree in English, and spent 23 years as a teacher while working on publishing 13 books and numerous short stories. Pullman has received many awards

Data Book The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials #1)

Original Title Northern Lights ISBN 0679879242 (ISBN13: 9780679879244 ) Edition Language English Series His Dark Materials #1 Characters Lyra Belacqua, Pantalaimon, Lord Asriel, Iorek Byrnison, Iofur Raknison...more , Marisa Coulter, Lee Scoresby, Roger Parslow, Serafina Pekkala, Hester...less setting Oxford, England Literary Awards Guardian Children's Fiction Prize (1996), Audie Award for Children's Titles (2000), Lincoln Award Nominee (2005), Carnegie Medal (1995) (308)