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The Golden Compass

His Dark Materials Series, Book 1
"The most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings." --The Oregonian Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the...
"The most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings." --The Oregonian Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the...
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  • Reading Level:
    7 - 12


 
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  • "The most magnificent fantasy series since The Lord of the Rings." --The Oregonian

    Lyra is rushing to the cold, far North, where witch clans and armored bears rule. North, where the Gobblers take the children they steal--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 New York Times Bestseller
    A Newsweek Top 100 Book of All Time
    An Entertainment Weekly All-Time Greatest Novel
    Winner of the Guardian Prize for Children's Fiction

    "Very grand indeed." --The New York Times
    "Superb . . . all-stops-out thrilling." --The Washington Post
    "A shattering tale that begins with a promise and delivers an entire universe." --Kirkus Reviews, Starred
    "The Golden Compass is one of the best fantasy / adventure stories that I have read. This is a book no one should miss."--Terry Brooks

 
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    ONE

    THE DECANTER OF TOKAY

    Lyra and her dæmon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen. The three great tables that ran the length of the hall were laid already, the silver and the glass catching what little light there was, and the long benches were pulled out ready for the guests. Portraits of former Masters hung high up in the gloom along the walls. Lyra reached the dais and looked back at the open kitchen door, and, seeing no one, stepped up beside the high table. The places here were laid with gold, not silver, and the fourteen seats were not oak benches but mahogany chairs with velvet cushions.

    Lyra stopped beside the Master's chair and flicked the biggest glass gently with a fingernail. The sound rang clearly through the hall.

    "You're not taking this seriously," whispered her dæmon. "Behave yourself."

    Her dæmon's name was Pantalaimon, and he was currently in the form of a moth, a dark brown one so as not to show up in the darkness of the hall.

    "They're making too much noise to hear from the kitchen," Lyra whispered back. "And the Steward doesn't come in till the first bell. Stop fussing."

    But she put her palm over the ringing crystal anyway, and Pantalaimon fluttered ahead and through the slightly open door of the Retiring Room at the other end of the dais. After a moment he appeared again.

    "There's no one there," he whispered. "But we must be quick."

    Crouching behind the high table, Lyra darted along and through the door into the Retiring Room, where she stood up and looked around. The only light in here came from the fireplace, where a bright blaze of logs settled slightly as she looked, sending a fountain of sparks up into the chimney. She had lived most of her life in the College, but had never seen the Retiring Room before: only Scholars and their guests were allowed in here, and never females. Even the maid-servants didn't clean in here. That was the Butler's job alone.

    Pantalaimon settled on her shoulder.

    "Happy now? Can we go?" he whispered.

    "Don't be silly! I want to look around!"

    It was a large room, with an oval table of polished rosewood on which stood various decanters and glasses, and a silver smoking stand with a rack of pipes. On a sideboard nearby there was a little chafing dish and a basket of poppy heads.

    "They do themselves well, don't they, Pan?" she said under her breath.

    She sat in one of the green leather armchairs. It was so deep she found herself nearly lying down, but she sat up again and tucked her legs under her to look at the portraits on the walls. More old Scholars, probably; robed, bearded, and gloomy, they stared out of their frames in solemn disapproval.

    "What d'you think they talk about?" Lyra said, or began to say, because before she'd finished the question she heard voices outside the door.

    "Behind the chair -- quick!" whispered Pantalaimon, and in a flash Lyra was out of the armchair and crouching behind it. It wasn't the best one for hiding behind: she'd chosen one in the very center of the room, and unless she kept very quiet...

    The door opened, and the light changed in the room; one of the incomers was carrying a lamp, which he put down on the sideboard. Lyra could see his legs, in their dark green trousers and shiny black shoes. It was a servant.

About the Author-
  • Philip Pullman has won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass (and the reader-voted "Carnegie of Carnegies" for the best children's book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Book of the Year Award for The Amber Spyglass; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass); Parents' Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

    Philip Pullman is the author of many books for young readers, including two volumes related to the His Dark Materials trilogy: Lyra's Oxford and Once Upon a Time in the North. He lives in Oxford, England. To learn more, please visit www.philip-pullman.com and www.hisdarkmaterials.com.

Reviews-
  • (starred review), Publishers Weekly

    "As always, Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. This glittering gem will leave readers of all ages eagerly awaiting the next installment of Lyra's adventures."

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