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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials
Contributor(s): Pullman, Philip (Author)

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ISBN: 0679879242     ISBN-13: 9780679879244
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Binding Type: Hardcover - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: April 1996
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Annotation: 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.

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Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- Young Adult Fiction | Fantasy - Epic
Dewey: FIC
LCCN: 95033397
Age Level: 10-UP
Grade Level: 5-UP
Lexile Measure: 930(Not Available)
Series: His Dark Materials (Hardcover)
Physical Information: 1.31" H x 5.87" W x 8.56" (1.21 lbs) 416 pages
Features: Dust Cover, Ikids, Price on Product, Table of Contents
Awards: Hugo Award, Nominee, Dramatic Presentation, 2008
Book Sense Book of the Year Award, Nominee, Children's, 1997
Review Citations: Booklist 03/01/1996 pg. 1179
Library Journal 02/15/1996 pg. 176
School Library Journal 04/01/1996 pg. 158
New York Times 05/19/1996 pg. 34
Kirkus Review - Children 03/01/1996 pg. 379
ALA Best Books Young Adults 01/01/1997 pg. 1294
ALA Notable Children's Books 01/01/1997 pg. 1305
Hornbook Guide to Children 01/01/1996 pg. 296 - Outstanding, Noteworthy In Style
Booklist Ed Choice Youth 01/01/1997 pg. 765
Booklist 01/01/2001 pg. 978
New York Review of Books 03/25/2004 pg. 25
Publishers Weekly 02/19/1996
Newsweek 12/03/2007 pg. 57
Kliatt 11/01/2007 pg. 4
Time 12/10/2007 pg. 86
Entertainment Weekly 12/14/2007 pg. 30
Entertainment Weekly 12/21/2007 pg. 83
Newsweek 10/06/2008 pg. 8
People Weekly 03/05/2012 pg. 58
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 15085
Reading Level: 7.1   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 19.0
 
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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.
 
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