Book of Dust Book 1 La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, Book 1)

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Knopf Books for Young Readers October 2017

Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of His Dark Materials--soon to be an HBO original series starring Dafne Keen, Ruth Wilson, James McAvoy, and Lin-Manuel Miranda--to expand on the story of Lyra, “one of fantasy’s most indelible heroines” (The New York Times Magazine).

Don’t miss Volume II of The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth

Malcolm Polstead and his daemon, Asta, are used to overhearing news and the occasional scandal at the inn run by his family. But during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm finds a mysterious object—and finds himself in grave danger.

Inside the object is a cryptic message about something called Dust; and it’s not long before Malcolm is approached by the spy for whom this message was actually intended. When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he begins to notice suspicious characters everywhere: the explorer Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a daemon. All are asking about the same thing: a girl—just a baby—named Lyra.

Lyra is at the center of a storm, and Malcolm will brave any peril, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through it.--from the publisher

464 pages                                    978-0375815300                               Ages 13 and up

Editor's note:   Volume II of The Book of Dust: The Secret Commonwealth

Keywords:  fantasy, courage, bravery, sacrifice, survival, epic fantasy, friendship,  13 year old, 14 year old, 15 year old, trilogy

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