Publisher's Synopsis

Part of the Blackwell's Five Foot Bookshelf.
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The first volume in Philip Pullman's groundbreaking HIS DARK MATERIALS trilogy, now a thrilling, critically acclaimed BBC/HBO television series.


First published in 1995, and acclaimed as a modern masterpiece, this first book in the series won the UK's top awards for children's literature.

"Without this child, we shall all die."

Lyra Belacqua and her animal daemon live half-wild and carefree among scholars of Jordan College, Oxford.

The destiny that awaits her will take her to the frozen lands of the Arctic, where witch-clans reign and ice-bears fight.

Her extraordinary journey will have immeasurable consequences far beyond her own world…

  • This edition has a beautiful cover from celebrated artist, Chris Wormell.

  • The first season of His Dark Materials: Northern Lights, premiered on BBC1 in November 2019

  • The second season, The Subtle Knife, is November 2020

  • The third season, The Amber Spyglass, is yet to have a release date announced

About the Publisher

Scholastic

Scholastic

Scholastic is an award-winning publisher of original children's books. Scholastic publishes more than 600 new hardcover, paperback, and novelty books each year. The list includes the phenomenally successful publishing properties Harry Potter? and Captain Underpants?, the beloved series Clifford The Big Red Dog?, Goosebumps?, The 39 Clues?, I Spy?, Bone, The Magic School Bus?, Fly Guy, Geronimo Stilton, and The Hunger Games trilogy.

Book information

ISBN: 9781407186108
Publisher: Scholastic
Imprint: Scholastic
Pub date:
Edition: Part of the Five Foot Bookshelf
DEWEY: 823.92
DEWEY edition: 23
Language: English
Sales rank: 6073
Number of pages: 397
Weight: 306g
Height: 130mm
Width: 197mm
Spine width: 29mm