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    The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials

    The Science of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials

    by Mary Gribbin and John Gribbin

    Faithful Pullman fans, as well as pure science buffs. will be mesmerized by the scientific concepts and philosophical theories found throughout the books, ranging from string theory and quantum physics to Jungian theory and the I Ching. Truly thought-provoking, this supplement to the trilogy gets your child wondering about the connections between her favorite fantasy and the larger world.

    Learning Highlights

    Science concepts and philosophy deepen an appreciation for science-fiction and fantasy.

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    The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) Audiobook

    The Subtle Knife (His Dark Materials #2) Audiobook

    by Philip Pullman

    Read by the author and a full cast

    8 hours 55 minutes, 8 CDs

    The universe has broken wide, and Lyra's friend lies dead. Desperate for answers and set on revenge, Lyra bursts into a new world in pursuit of his killer. Instead, she finds Will, just twelve years old and already a murderer himself. He's on a quest as fierce as Lyra's, and together they strike out into this sunlit otherworld.

    On this journey marked by danger, Will and Lyra forge ahead. But with every step and each new horror, they move closer to the greatest threat of all - and the shattering truth of their own destiny.

    In this stunning sequel to The Golden Compas, Philip Pullman continues his Dark Materials trilogy and confirms it as an undoubted and enduring classic.


    ALA Best Books for Young Adults
    Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
    Horn Book Fanfare Honor Book
    Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
    Blue Ribbon Book
    Book Links Best Book of the Year
    Parents' Choice Gold Book Award
    American Bookseller "Pick of the Lists"

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The Golden Compass

Author: Philip Pullman

Series: His Dark Materials (Book #1)

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Adventure, Classics, Series, Movie Tie-In, Fantasy

Courage, Bravery, Heroism, Pride and Self-Esteem, Honor

About This Book

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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