The Golden Compass
Page Count: 368
Age Range: 10 and up
Series: 1st of 3, His Dark Materials
Lyra Belacqua is a bright and curious, but mischievous, pre-teen who gets into a lot of trouble and has a fantastic adventure that will keep readers turning pages. When the Gobblers kidnap Lyra’s best friend, she takes off on a quest to get Roger back, making great and powerful friends along the way. Could it be possible that her own mother is behind the evil conquest of children’s daemons?
Best attacked by a fluent reader, or by someone who has a helper for the big words and long sentences. You can think of it as a great take-off point for philosophical conversations. Chances are that grown-ups will enjoy the book as much as young adults do.