"A thousand miles ago, in a country east of the jungle and south of the mountains, there lived a firework-maker and his daughter, Lila."
Lila has learned how to make firework displays of Leaping Monkeys. She's mastered Crackle Dragons, the Golden Sneeze and the fiery Java Light. But her father's held back the final secret, the most dangerous one, saying Lila's not ready to know. Not to be deterred, the headstrong girl discovers that anyone who want to be a true firework-maker must face down the Fire-Fiend of Mount Merapi and bring back some of the royal sulfur. So Lila sets off fearlessly, ready to face pirates and demons and anything else that gets in her way.
Philip Pullman keeps readers laughing at the edge of their seats in a beautifully illustrated novel that is at once funny, suspenseful, and impossible to put down.