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Northern Lights

Written by Philip Pullman

Illustrated by Chris Wormell

Part of the His Dark Materials Series

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Northern Lights Review

Adventure Stories Fantasy / Magical Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 13+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers

Stunning edition of the award-winning modern classic

Very hard to believe that this is the 25th anniversary of Philip Pullman’s ground-breaking fantasy, now getting legions of new fans through the BBC adaptation. Northern Lights not only won the Carnegie medal, but in 2007 was voted by the public as the Carnegie of Carnegies to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the medals. Then The Amber Spyglass, part three of His Dark Materials trilogy, of which Northern Lights is of course the first part,  became the first ever children’s book to win, what was then, the Whitbread book of the year and so this series has become firmly established in the canon of children’s literature and a new edition like this is indeed a publishing event. Chris Wormell illustrated the covers of the two Book of Dust titles which extend the trilogy and also a recent rejacketing of His Dark Materials and so is a natural choice to undertake this huge challenge. His distinctive style of wood engraving and lino cut and the dark, yet vivid colour palette he employs are perfectly suited to this familiar, yet fantastical world created by Pullman – who has said how much he admires the work. Ranging from decorative chapter headings to full colour and monochrome vignettes to full page bleeds to double page spreads, the breath-taking images add great characterisation and drama to the story, making the reading journey even more immersive. A shared reading with a generation approaching the story for the first time will be an unforgettable reading event in a classroom or family context. I sincerely hope the partnership will extend to the next books in the trilogy- what a collection that would be! 

Joy Court

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A stunning full-colour illustrated gift hardback to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Northern Lights, with breathtaking art throughout by Chris Wormell. First published in 1995, and acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, this first book in the series won the UK's top awards for children's literature. 

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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...

Now a major HBO/BBC TV series starring Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, Dafne Keen, Lin-Manuel Miranda. Chris Wormell has illustrated the covers for The Book of Dust: la Belle Sauvage and The Secret Commonwealth.

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ISBN: 9780702305085
Publication date: 05/11/2020
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Hardback

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Book Information

ISBN: 9780702305085
Publication date: 5th November 2020
Author: Philip Pullman
Illustrator: Chris Wormell
Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 300 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 13+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Gift Books
Collections: Harry Potter, What To Read Next?,

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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