His Dark Materials Once Upon a Time in the North

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David Fickling Books, Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers 2008

In this prequel episode from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials universe, Lee Scoresby--Texan aeronaut and future friend to Lyra Belacqua--is just 24 years old, and he's recently won his hot-air balloon in a poker game. He finds himself floating North to the windswept Arctic island of Novy Odense, where he and his hare daemon Hester are quickly tangled in a deadly plot involving oil magnate Larsen Manganese, corrupt mayoral candidate Ivan Poliakov, and Lee's longtime nemesis from the Dakota Country: Pierre McConville, a hired killer with at least twenty murders to his name.

It's only after Lee forms an alliance with one of the island's reviled armored bears that he can fight to break up the conspiracy in a gun-twirling classic western shoot out--and battle of wits. A glimpse for Pullman fans into the first friendship of two of the most beloved characters in the His Dark Materials trilogy: Lee Scoresby and armored bear Iorek Byrnison.---from the publisher

144 pages                978-0399555442                     Ages 12 and up

Keywords:  part of a series, fantasy, action/adventure, magic, American Western, 12 year old, 13 year old, 14 year old, prequel

Other titles in this series: The Golden Compass, Subtle Knife, Amber Spyglass, Lyra's Oxford

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