Once Upon A Time in the North

Once Upon A Time in the North

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***** THE BOOK OF DUST, the long-awaited new novel from Philip Pullman set in the world of His Dark Materials, has been hailed by the New York Times as "A stunning achievement"*****

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. This exquisite clothbound volume features the illustrations of John Lawrence, a removable board game--Peril of the Pole--on the inside back cover, and 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.
Publisher: New York : Yearling, 2017, c2008
Edition: 1st Yearling ed
ISBN: 9780399555442
Branch Call Number: J PB P
Characteristics: 126 p. :,ill. ;,20 cm
Additional Contributors: Lawrence, John 1933-

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TSUKUANYANG
Jul 13, 2014

Agreed, no depth but an easy and fun read for when you have an hour or two to burn.

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HilarySquires
Jul 03, 2013

Lee and Hester have always been my favourite characters in His Dark Materials so I was very glad for a chance to spend more time with them. This is a nice little story to supplement the rest of the series. It's probably suitable for young readers, but I'm not sure interesting it would be without the other books as complements.

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tocch101
Apr 30, 2013

A fun easy read. It explains a bit about what happened in the beginning and helps pull in some loose strings.

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Elbereth
Jun 19, 2012

Set before the events of His Dark Materials, this story about Lee Scoresby sounds like the perfect read for fans. However, it is a short story and as such does not contain the depth or layers that make His Dark Materials so captivating.

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BraidenKalke
Oct 08, 2011

Another enticing, enthralling story by Philip Pullman. A must-read for His Dark Materials fans.

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Jul 03, 2013

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Oct 13, 2012

epicbob57 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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May 13, 2009

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