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The golden compass

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Published by Yearling in New York .
Written in English.

About the 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.

About the Edition

Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.

First Sentence

Lyra and her daemon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen.

Edition Notes

Prequel: Once upon a time in the North.
Sequel: The subtle knife.
"Movie photo inside!"
RL: 5.6.
009-012.
Carnegie Medal, 1995.

Series
His dark materials; bk. 1

Classifications

Library of Congress
PZ7.P968 Go 2007

The Physical Object

Pagination
399 p. ;
Number of pages
399

ID Numbers

Open Library
OL7521608M
Internet Archive
goldencompasshis00phil_1
ISBN 10
0440418321
ISBN 13
9780440418320
LC Control Number
2007276310
Library Thing
3261
Goodreads
312407

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