The Golden Compass

Pullman, P. (1996). The Golden Compass. NY: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers.

The Golden Compass is a fantastically written story about a fantasy world where everybody has a companion that is part of their soul, called a daemon. Their daemon is with them when they are born and stay with them until they die. This story is about a girl named Lyra, and her daemon, Pantalaimon, who lives in Jordan College, Oxford. Brought up without any parents, by the scholars and people in Jordan College, she is free to explore Oxford, interacting with the other kids living there. So she and the other children are shocked, along with everyone else, when children start going missing. A rumour quickly spreads that a group called the Gobblers are kidnapping these children and taking them up North. Lyra is helpless to do anything until one day when a mysterious woman, Mrs. Coulter, shows up at the College and takes Lyra on as her personal assistant. Right before Lyra leaves, the Mast of Jordan College hands her a device called an alethiometer, and tells Lyra to never show it to Mrs. Coulter. And just like that Lyra is swept up into an adventure unlike any other, full of mystery, action and magical items, and will have to trust herself and her daemon to make through to the end.

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