The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman
With the new HBO series, His Dark Materials, coming out in November, it's the perfect time to catch up on this classic story. Philip Pullman spins a fantastical tale of Lyra, a young girl from parallel universe Oxford, and her daemon, (basically the soul in animal form) Pan. Lyra is on a quest in the far north to resuce children stolen away by a sinister group with gruesome intentions. The Golden Compass deals with dark and mature themes, and Pullman’s natural storytelling prowess makes this an engaging read for all ages. If that isn’t enough, there are also armored polar bears!