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Northern Lights
Philip Pullman

This distopian coming of age novel starts off the trilogy His Dark Materials, an exploration of innocence in a parallel universe ruled by a strict religious authority. At times also known as The Golden Compass, this fantastic novel follows young Lyra, a girl abandoned by her parents and instead of being brought up at prestigious Jordan College in Oxford, Britain. In her world, every human has a daemon, a pet-like creature connected to them, representing nothing less than their souls. One day, rumour has it that a secret group is kidnapping the young and poor and what starts as a scary story turns into frightening reality when Lyra’s best friend Roger disappears.

The novel is suitable for an interdiciplinary teaching project with Social Science and Ethics.

· · 1995

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Pullman, Philip. Northern Lights. Scholastic, 2019. 448 pp., ISBN 9781407198705

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