by Philip Pullman
In BriefMeet Lyra Belacqua, a wilful and disobedient orphan from a world mostly like our own. When her best friend goes missing, Lyra sets out to save him, embarking on a journey to the wild and dangerous North – a region where witches rule the skies and armoured bears command the ice, and where a team of scientists undertake mysterious experiments that the civilised world fears to speak of. Facing danger, despair and ultimately betrayal, Lyra stumbles into a war far greater than she ever imagined possible, and which takes her and her beloved dæmon Pan beyond her world and into another.
Northern Lights is titled The Golden Compass in North America.
Why you should read itNorthern Lights is a rarity – a novel that combines fierce intelligence with a gripping story. Full of brave, daring and thought-provoking ideas, and with a wonderfully unique young heroine, Northern Lights is the first book in a trilogy that will have you on the edge of your seat, unable to put it down until the very end. The story, and the radical ideas behind it, will remain stubbornly buried in your mind long after the last page.