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The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage
Contributor(s): Pullman, Philip
ISBN: 0375815309     ISBN-13: 9780375815300
Publisher: Alfred a Knopf Inc
    OUR PRICE: $20.69  
Product Type: Hardcover
Published: October 2017
Annotation: Shares the story of how Lyra Belacqua and her daemon Pantalaimon came to be living at Jordan College.
Additional Information
Library of Congress Subjects:
Dewey: [Fic]
LCCN: bl2017035094
Academic/Grade Level: Grade 10-12, Age 15-18
Series: The Book of Dust
Book type: Juvenile Fiction
Physical Information: 10.25" H x 7.00" W x 1.75" (1.55 lbs) 449 pages
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 191925
Reading Level: 5.4   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 20.0
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.

Reviewed by PW Annex Reviews (Publishers Weekly Annex Reviews)

For more than 15 years, fans of the His Dark Materials trilogy have longed to return to the world Pullman created. Now, finally, begins a new trilogy, the Book of Dust, that again immerses readers in a thrilling alternate landscape of animal daemons, truth-revealing alethiometers, and the mysterious particle known as Dust. Lyra, the beloved heroine of the original books, is just a baby; 11-year-old Malcolm Polstead is the hero this time, and a worthy one. Malcolm helps out at his family's inn in Oxford and at the priory where Lyra—sought by her mother, Mrs. Coulter (younger but no less chilling than in the His Dark Materials books), and her father, Lord Asriel—is being cared for by nuns. Inquisitive and observant, Malcolm gets involved with scholar-spy Dr. Hannah Relf and meets (and adores) baby Lyra. But free thinkers are at war with the oppressive religious regime, and everyone wants control of Lyra, who is "destined to put an end to destiny." Amid the roaring waters of a historic flood, Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, attempt to keep Lyra safe, braving kidnappers, government enforcers, murderers, and classmates who, chillingly, are being trained to turn in those perceived to be disloyal to the regime. Fortunately, he has a fleet canoe, the Belle Sauvage of the title, and help from Alice, a cranky and courageous 16-year-old. The new characters are as lively and memorable as their predecessors; despite a few heavy-handed moments regarding the oppressiveness of religion, this tense, adventure-packed book will satisfy and delight Pullman's fans and leave them eager to see what's yet to come. Ages 14–up. (Oct.)

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