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    His Dark Materials: The Amber Spyglass

    His Dark Materials: The Amber Spyglass

    by Philip Pullman

    In this epic trilogy, Pullman unlocks the door to Dæmons and winged creatures who live side by side with humans, and a mysterious entity called Dust, which has the power to unite the universes—if it isn't destroyed first. In this mysterious world lives young Lyra, a precocious orphan growing up within the confines of Oxford University. The adventures and dangers she must confront are beyond fantastic. "A rousing, page-turning adventure that promises to please fantasy readers of all ages."—SLJ

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    Detective Stories

    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 Golden Compass

Author: Philip Pullman

Series: His Dark Materials (Book #1)

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Adventure, Classics, 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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