THE GOLDEN COMPASS

THE GOLDEN COMPASS

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HIS DARK MATERIALS IS SOON TO BE AN HBO ORIGINAL SERIES STARRING DAFNE KEEN, RUTH WILSON, JAMES McAVOY, AND LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA!

The modern fantasy classic that Entertainment Weekly named an "All-Time Greatest Novel" and Newsweek hailed as a "Top 100 Book of All Time." Philip Pullman takes readers to a world where humans have animal familiars and where parallel universes are within reach.

Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steall--including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.

Can one small girl make a difference in such great and terrible endeavors? This is Lyra : a savage, a schemer, a liar, and as fierce and true a champion as Roger or Asriel could want.

But what Lyra doesn't know is that to help one of them will be to betray the other...

A masterwork of storytelling and suspense, Philip Pullman's award-winning The Golden Compass is the first in the His Dark Materials series, which continues with The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass.

A #1 New York Times Bestseller
Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction
Published in 40 Countries

"Arguably the best juvenile fantasy novel of the past twenty years." -- The Washington Post

"Very grand indeed." --The New York Times

"Pullman is quite possibly a genius." --Newsweek

ISBN: 9780440238133
Branch Call Number: TEEN PUL

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Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steall--including her friend Roger. North, where her fearsome uncle Asriel is trying to build a bridge to a parallel world.

In 2007, Ontario’s Halton Catholic District School Board voted to ban Philip Pullman’s trilogy of fantasy novels—The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass—from its schools. The board objected to “atheist” themes in the British author’s books.


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kayla666
Dec 21, 2018

Marvellous book! Pullman's Dark Materials triology is the best ever!

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Sara_Eri
Nov 02, 2018

This book is about a universe where people have there own daemon that represents their personality. Their world has some similar things to our world, but the author used some imaginary things in this story. The main character is Lyra, she is a brave little girl who lost her parents and she used to live in Jordan college. The story starts when Lyra and her daemon heard about the Dust from her uncle Lord Asriel that he was getting paid to look for it, it’s not the kind of dust we know, it’s a magical Dust. During that time there was a thing called Gobblers, They were kidnaping only kids, and here where Lyra’s get adventure starts, when her best friend got kidnaped by the Gobblers and she had to find him, but something unexpected happened that stopped her from looking for him. In my opinion, this book is really good for English beginners, this book was my first book in English and it was not that hard to read, but this book has a lot of words and terms that they don’t give a definition or meaning to it. This book has a lot of imagery and visualizing, it gives you the story in details. I’d recommend this book if you are the kind of person who likes mystery and likes to read a story that you can imagine seeing it in your head.

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

As someone who struggles to read, I found this book very easy to get into, it builds a world in magnificent ways which allows the reader to continue to delve into the story. Can't wait to start the second book

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MissWrittenWord
Jul 08, 2018

As a child I never picked this book up and read it. I read it recently and fell in love. I can't wait to find out what happens next!

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Hazel_23
Jun 09, 2018

I was obsessed with this book for a long time. I enjoyed it deeply and now after 10 years I want to read it again.

SPPL_Anna Mar 21, 2018

My brother made me read this when I was 12 and I did not like it. Overall, I found it very depressing, what with doing experiments on children that leaves them catatonic and quick to die. I still feel deeply unsettled just thinking about it.

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Yorkie87
Mar 21, 2018

I first read this 20 years ago, and even as an adult, no one writes children like Philip Pullman. The sense of wonder is immaculate, and the worldbuilding so rich and inviting.

LPL_KimberlyL Feb 03, 2018

I never managed to read any of the His Dark Materials when I was little - in fact, I had never even heard of the series until the movie The Golden Compass was released. What a shame, because this book is beautifully written, adventurous, and deals with some very grown up themes, making this a great read if you're a kid or just a kid at heart.

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darcyhudjik
Nov 30, 2017

This is a beautifully written book, which is much deeper than it appears.

KevinELPL Aug 31, 2017

Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy was one of the top 10 banned books from 2000-2010. If you're a fan of Harry Potter or other teen fantasy, celebrate Banned Books Week by reading this epic tale of good vs. evil.

"The Golden Compass" begins as Teenager Lyra, who lives in very ordinary Oxford, England, is swept up into an extraordinary world of steampunk airships, sentient animals, and a secret conspiracy that spans all of creation. As Lyra gets dragged into the inter-dimensional conflict, she begins to realize that her world is not what she thought it was. This book was challenged for its religious and sexual content, all of which is thoughtfully explored as Lyra struggles to figure out what in life is worth fighting for. I highly recommend this series to anyone from mid teens to adults.

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yo89999
Jun 22, 2016

This book is about an adventure to the North Pole to look into "Dust".

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EBeaudoin
Sep 27, 2012

In this book Lyra and her daemon ,Pantalaimon [ in short Pan], go on a perilous journey to Bolvangar to stop the Gobblers. They need to stop the Gobblers because they kidnap children and then cut away ther deamons. Lyra and Pan travel with with the Gyptians. Along the way they meet the armored bear, Iorek Byrnison. 

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jackmane
Apr 23, 2012

This truly amazing book in a different dimension where children started going missing. A girl lived there, Lyra, who once lived a university until the fateful day when her mother took her away. She was given a golden compass by the university which she was to keep hidden.Her mother found out and tried to take it so lyra ran away from her mother. She met the egyptians who saved her from being captured. Together with them she went to save the children. They met a bear named eric burneson who decided to help her after she got back his amour. Together with lee scorseby (a balloonist) they faced evil to save the missing children.

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Mbussey
Aug 25, 2018

“Human beings can't see anything without wanting to destroy it. That's original sin. And I'm going to destroy it. Death is going to die.”

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mishamurali
Jul 29, 2014

“That's the duty of the old,' said the Librarian, 'to be anxious on the behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old."

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hedgehog13
Jun 22, 2014

“You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”

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