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Northern Lights

Written by Philip Pullman

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Northern Lights Review

Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Recommended Children's eBooks

Winner of the 1995 CILIP Carnegie Medal  Part one of Philip Pullman’s magnificent trilogy. His ‘Dark Materials’, is the story of Lyra, a young girl with an exceptional destiny. Brought up in Jordan College, Oxford Lyra uncovers a secret about her mysterious guardian which leads to some dangerous questioning. It also marks the beginning of Lyra’s search for her friend Roger, a search that takes her to the ice kingdoms of the North where armoured bears rule. Lyra’s courage and stubborn determination lead her on this mission of incredible danger in this brilliant and imaginative story. The author’s vivid imagination and vision is so spectacular and moving that it will leave you almost speechless with admiration and the amazingly diverse characters will be universally admired by all those who read about them.  It’s completely original and totally spellbinding; a true classic that will stand the test of time much in the way Tolkien’s famous work has done.  If we at Lovereading were to pick out our ‘winner of winners’ then it would be Northern Lights, the first in Pullman’s Dark Materials trilogy. (12+)

Winner of the Carnegie of Carnegies in 2007 and Carnegie winner in 1995.

Books in His Dark Materials Series:

1. Northern Lights

2. The Subtle Knife

3. The Amber Spyglass

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Northern Lights Synopsis

Without this child, we shall all die. Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford. The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight. Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world...

Northern Lights was filmed as the motion picture The Golden Compass.

Find out more at www.philip-pullman.com/books/his-dark-materials.

Northern Lights Press Reviews

'One of the supreme literary dreamers and magicians of our time.' Guardian

'A genuine masterpiece of intelligent, imaginative storytelling.' Mail On Sunday

'One of those books which one can hardly bear to close.' Scotsman

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ISBN: 9780702305085
Publication date: 05/11/2020
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ISBN: 9781407154169
Publication date: 05/03/2015
Publisher: Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic
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Book Information

ISBN: 9781407154169
Publication date: 5th March 2015
Author: Philip Pullman
Publisher: Scholastic Press an imprint of Scholastic
Format: Paperback
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical
Recommendations: eBooks
Collections: 50 classic books every child should read!, 70 Series of Books for Kids with a Voracious Appetite,

About Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek. He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for Northern Lights (and the reader-voted ‘Carnegie of Carnegies’ for the best children’s book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for The Amber Spyglass; and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honour of ...

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