Pullman, Philip. His Dark Materials Book One - The Golden Compass. Alfred A. Knopf, 1995 - In a world where humans have daemon familiars, Lyra Belaqua is a little girl who spies on the scholars of Jordan College and finds an attempted murder of her Uncle Asriel. She and her daemon, Pantalaimon, embark on an adventure of mystery and strange forces, where Gobblers are abducting little children, and an alethiometer, (the golden compass), foretells the future. This is a masterfully written fantasy-adventure that will hold the interest of all readers.
Pullman, Philip. Clockwork - Or All Wound Up. Illustrated by Leonid Gore. Arthur A. Levine, 1998 - This folk tale set in early Germany resembles something from the Twilight Zone. It is about Karl, a clockmaker's apprentice, who must make a new clockwork figure for the famous clock in town square, Fritz, a novelist who tells his unfinished story about Prince Otto and his young son Florian, and Gretl, a young barmaid, who becomes the brave heroine. This is a good selection for reluctant young adult readers because it is easy to read and has a challenging plot that will hold their interest.
Pullman, Philip. Count Karlstein. Illustrated by Diana Bryon. Alfred A. Knopf, 1998, 1982 - This fictitious adventure that takes place in Switzerland many years ago is about a wicked uncle names Count Karlstein. He plots to have his two nieces left in a hunting lodge, where the Demon Huntsman can take them as sacrifices. Through a blend of humor and horror, this book brings new meaning to spooky tales.
Pullman, Philip. The White Mercedes. Alfred A. Knopf, 1997 - A modern-day British setting about a sixteen-year-old boy names Chris who falls in love with Jenny, a run away girl. The plot thickens with criminals and past lives, and ends in death when communications get crossed. This is a "Compelling modern-day Shakespearean tragedy." Publishers Weekly.
Pullman, Philip. Shadow in the North. Alfred A. Knopf, 1996 - This second book in the Sally Lockhart trilogy is set in Victorian England in the year 1878. When a client from Sally's financial consulting firm loses a fortune, she becomes determined to find out why. The plot takes the reader into the world of psychometry (taking objects and telling information from them), to the slums of England, to the offices of corrupt corporate financiers. Booklist states, "An immensely entertaining thriller."
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