The Golden Compass

Lyra is no ordinary child. Plucky, wild, feisty and fey, she leads a wild and carefree life trampling the roofs of Jordan College, Oxford, and fighting with the Gyptian children on the canal. But now children are mysteriously disappearing. A reign of terror is coming. And when Lyra’s friend Roger disappears, she sets off on a mission to save him.

It’s a journey into a frozen north of ice and snow, where witch-queens ride the skies, armoured bears roam the snow… and scientists are conducting experiments of unspeakable terror. Does one girl have the courage and cunning to stop them?

Now a hit film, this is the classic story of Lyra’s incredible journey to the frozen north – and the very edge of her world.

© MMVII New Line Productions, Inc. The Golden Compass™ and all related characters, places, names and other indicia are trademarks of New Line Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

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    His Dark Materials is an amazing trilogy filled to the brim with imagination, adventure and Dust, I really enjoyed them and I hope you do too

    5 March 2013

  • I thought this book would be good as I liked Narnia etc but it was very slow moving. I liked the bear and loved when he saved people and took them on adventures but some of the characters were very strange especially the evil aunt!

    7 March 2012

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    i read this in Spain it was so amazing. i could not put it down

    11 December 2010

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    Philip Pullman

    Philip Pullman is probably the world’s most acclaimed living children’s author, best known for the trilogy of books known as His Dark Materials.


    Philip won the Nestle Smarties award for both Clockwork and The Firework Maker’s Daughter. Northern Lights was published in hardback in July 1995. That year, it won the Carnegie Medal and Guardian Children’s Fiction Prize and was Children’s Book of the Year at the British Book Awards.

    The Amber Spyglass won WHSmith Children’s Book of the Year 2000 at the British Book Awards, was Highly Commended for the Carnegie Medal and was longlisted for The Booker Prize 2001. Philip Pullman was voted Whitaker Author of the Year by the Booksellers Association. The Amber Spyglass went on to win both Whitbread Children’s Book of the Year and Whitbread Book of the Year 2001 and in doing so became the first children’s book to win the main prize in the award’s history.

    Philip has also been recognised with two major awards for his contribution to literature: the Eleanor Farjeon award in 2002, and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Prize in 2005.

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