Winning Year: 1995
Author: Philip Pullman
Title: His Dark Materials: Book 1 Northern Lights

Original Publisher: Scholastic
Current Publisher: Scholastic
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9780590660549
In Print

When Lyra's friend Roger disappears, she and her daemon, Pantalaimon, are determined to find him. The ensuing quest leads them to the bleak splendour of the North, where armoured bears rule the ice, witch-queens fly through the frozen skies and a team of scientists are conducting experiments too horrible to speak about. Lyra overcomes these strange terrors, only to find something yet more perilous waiting for her - something with consequences which may even reach beyond the Northern Lights.

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Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on 19th October 1946. The early part of his life was spent travelling all over the world, because his father and then his stepfather were both in the Royal Air Force. He spent part of his childhood in Australia, where he started to read comics, and grew to love Superman and Batman in particular.

From the age of 11 he lived in North Wales. It was a time when children were allowed to roam anywhere, to play in the streets, to wander over the hills, and he took full advantage of it. His English teacher, Miss Enid Jones, was a big influence on him, and he still sends her copies of his books.


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The northern lights is the first of three truly compelling books, it creates a magnifent picture of lyra and pan. A phenomenon all by iitself, i strongly recommend to teenagers who enjoy fantasies.

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The northen lights is the first book of a fantastic seiries it is beautifuly written and has a plethora of wonderful vocabuary it is mostly for teenagers and adults although childen age 10-12 might enjoy it

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This book is simply amazing, grabbing and compelling the magical journey of lyra begins here in the first book in the series of 'his dark materials'.

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Josie D


This book is not one of my favourite books although some people really like it. I enjoyed it (sort of) because it is a mixture of fantasy and realistic life, which made it interesting but i didn't like it because it took ages to get into and when you finally do it goes completely off the subject.

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Best book in the world! their making a film of this, but cutting out all the religious aspects, so it wont be as good as the book. It was gripping, exciting, funny and just brilliant. I reccomment this to everyone in the world! read it, youll be richer for the experience! real it, read it, read it!!

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Northern lights wasnt my favorite books all time. I thought it was quite good and i like the main characters but it has a lack of suspence and excitment. I would give it a 3.

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This book was not really grabbing to me and took some time to get into. When i was reading it i kept having to put it down to go and do something eles and i feel a book should not be like that, it should be grabbing and if you keep having to put it down you shouldn\\\'t read it.

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Hi this book is very imagenative, butt it takes a long time to get in to it, it also takes a long time to read butt it is still a good book.i like da big bad bear called iorek byrinson. adius amigows!!|!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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This is an amazing book and i am not surprised that it has won the carnigie medal as it is one of those books that makes you think "what's going to happen next" at every page. Outstanding. 100%

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Quite simply outstanding- an imaginative tour de force with hugely enjoyable, exciting plot and eminently believable characters

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