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Northern Lights  - Philip Pullman

The powerful and evocative tale of brave, brilliant Lyra, a self-willed child with a unique talent, in a hidden Universe close to ours...


I found this in my school library and devoured its crystalline atmosphere, rich language, shadowy, redolent world and refreshing refusal to patronise young readers. This was booktopia to me at thirteen; it was easily my favourite book, and it has stayed with me. Lyra is one of my favourite literary characters; lonely, loyal, fiercely intelligent and independent, she is never the passive vehicle of her magical ability, but always an agent, resisting and fighting injustice as she sees it in her own way.