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The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials

The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials
Author: Philip Pullman
ISBN 13: 9780440418320
ISBN 10: 440418321
Edition: 1st
Publisher: Yearling
Publication Date: 2001-05-22
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432
List Price: $7.99

Grades 7 - 12. The action follows 11-year-old protagonist Lyra Belacqua, accompanied by her daemon, from her home at Oxford University to the frozen wastes of the North, on a quest to save kidnapped children from the evil 'Gobblers,' who are using them as part of a sinister experiment. Lyra also must rescue her father from the Panserbjorne, a race of talking, armored, mercenary polar bears holding him captive. Joining Lyra are a vagabond troop of gyptians (gypsies), witches, an outcast bear, and a Texan in a hot air balloon.

Billboard - Trudi Miller Rosenblum

Pullman's fantasy masterpeice and the first of a trilogy...has become a classic of the genre.