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

Published: 2001-05-22
Paperback : 448 pages
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***COMING SOON! A NEW HBO SERIES, HIS DARK MATERIALS, BASED ON PULLMAN’S BOOKS***

The modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and Newsweek hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time.” Philip Pullman takes readers to a world where humans have ...
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***COMING SOON! A NEW HBO SERIES, HIS DARK MATERIALS, BASED ON PULLMAN’S BOOKS***

The modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an “All-Time Greatest Novel” and Newsweek hailed as a “Top 100 Book of All Time.” Philip Pullman takes readers to a world where humans have animal familiars and where parallel universes are within reach.

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 masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman's award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which continues with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction
Published in 40 Countries

"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years." —The Washington Post

"Very grand indeed."—The New York Times

"Pullman is quite possibly a genius." —Newsweek

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by ashultz (see profile) 12/22/19

 
  "Favorite Fantasy"by rickimc (see profile) 12/20/15

This is the start of my all-time favorite fantasy series. Truly a must read.

 
  "Short N Sweet"by sarahg9090 (see profile) 02/11/08

Some of us loved it, some of us hated it...all in all, this meeting was a success!!

P.S. I don't really have time to write much of a review today!

 
  "If you are into fantasy fiction you will like this. . ."by adawny (see profile) 02/11/08

I definitely recommend reading beyond the Golden compass and completing the series. (Our book club only read the 1st book.)

 
  "Fantasy book nothing more nothing less"by doodlebugsmom (see profile) 12/04/07

I have received many many internet warnings about this book. Most say do not read it or see the movie, because it is against Christianity. In my opinion, (as a Christian) this was a fantasy book nothing... (read more)

 
  "Fantasy book nothing more nothing less"by doodlebugsmom (see profile) 12/04/07

I have received many many internet warnings about this book. Most say do not read it or see the movie, because it is against Christianity. In my opinion, (as a Christian) this was a fantasy book nothing... (read more)

 
  "Children's story with logical holes"by phoenixascending (see profile) 09/08/07

The members of the Wive's Night Out group had a good discussion based on a guide Kristina found. There were good questions regarding the book, attitudes, and characters but the book itself did not intrigue... (read more)

 
  "Lyra is an amazing character and the book has interesting things to say about religion and the nature of the soul."by jenlibrarian (see profile) 07/23/07

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