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    Detective Stories

    by Philip Pullman and Nick Hardcastle

    Young mystery fans will be enthralled by this compelling volume that includes classic and contemporary writers such as Italo Calvino, Agatha Christie, and Ellery Queen. "Well-written and plotted."—SLJ

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    The Firework-Maker's Daughter

    The Firework-Maker's Daughter

    by Philip Pullman

    Lila knows almost all there is to know about making fireworks, but discovers to be a true firework-maker, one must face the Fire-Fiend of Mount Merapi. She sets off, but after she’s gone, her friend Chulak finds out that there is another half of the secret, and without it, Lila will perish. So Chulak and Hamlet, the talking white elephant, set off to find Lila before it’s too late. "A memorable climax."—Booklist Includes AFTER WORDS bonus features

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The Golden Compass

Author: Philip Pullman

Series: His Dark Materials (Book #1)

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Adventure, 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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