The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust, Volume 1) (Hardcover)

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— Random House Kids

Welcome, once again, to Pullman's extraordinary imagination. The master storyteller has brought us back to the world of His Dark Materials, but earlier on, with some familiar characters and most notably, a new hero in a sturdy canoe: Malcolm Polstead. Part Arthurian quest, part Noah's flood, part Odyssey, part flight into Egypt, La Belle Sauvage will take you for a wild ride that will leave you breathless and yearning for more. ages 10+

— Jennifer Armstrong

Probably my favorite fantasy book of 2017! Fans of His Dark Materials will not be disappointed, as it is classic Pullman which captures the feel of the original trilogy, even after 17 years. In the first of three volumes we meet an infant Lyra and her ever-changing dæmon Pantalaimon, and are introduced to the curious and steadfast Malcolm Polstead, who finds himself forced to protect Lyra from the many threats she faces throughout the book. Floods, disgusting villains (and their terrifying daemons!) and heroic characters abound...with the tension climbing faster and faster toward a dark and brutal climax. I was devastated to have to leave this world of daemons, alethiometer and an alternate Oxford...and wait longingly for the next installment. — Tambra Johnson Reap



"Too few things in our world are worth a seventeen year wait: The Book of Dust is one of them." --The Washington Post

Philip Pullman returns to the parallel world of his groundbreaking novel The Golden Compass to expand on the story of Lyra, "one of fantasy's most indelible characters." (The New York Times Magazine)

Malcolm Polstead is the kind of boy who notices everything but is not much noticed himself. And so perhaps it was inevitable that he would become a spy....

Malcolm's parents run an inn called the Trout, on the banks of the river Thames, and all of Oxford passes through its doors. Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, routinely overhear news and gossip, and the occasional scandal, but during a winter of unceasing rain, Malcolm catches wind of something new: intrigue.

He finds a secret message inquiring about a dangerous substance called Dust--and the spy it was intended for finds him.

When she asks Malcolm to keep his eyes open, he sees suspicious characters everywhere: the explorer Lord Asriel, clearly on the run; enforcement agents from the Magisterium; a gyptian named Coram with warnings just for Malcolm; and a beautiful woman with an evil monkey for a daemon. All are asking about the same thing: a girl--just a baby--named Lyra.

Lyra is the kind of person who draws people in like magnets. And Malcolm will brave any danger, and make shocking sacrifices, to bring her safely through the storm.

"The book is full of wonder. . . . Truly thrilling." --The New York Times

"People will love the first volume of Philip Pullman's new trilogy with the same helpless vehemence that stole over them when The Golden Compass came out." --Slate

About the Author

PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass (and the reader-voted "Carnegie of Carnegies" for the best children's book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for The Amber Spyglass; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass); Parents' Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire. Philip Pullman is the author of many other much-lauded novels. Three volumes related to His Dark Materials: Lyra's Oxford, Once Upon a Time in the North, and The Collectors. For younger readers: I Was a Rat!; Count Karlstein; Two Crafty Criminals; Spring-Heeled Jack; and The Scarecrow and His Servant. For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet (The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin Princess); The White Mercedes; and The Broken Bridge. Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England. To learn more, please visit or follow him on facebook at Philip Pullman author, and on Twitter at @PhilipPullman.

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Product Details
ISBN: 9780375815300
ISBN-10: 0375815309
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 19th, 2017
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: Book of Dust
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