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"Northern Lights" by Philip Pullman - review

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Hatice Giritli Group 9 Friday 15th October 2004 My Book Review of the Week: Northern Lights This week I chose to read the novel "Northern Lights" by Philip Pullman. Philip Pullman was born in Norwich on 19th October 1946. The early part of his life was spent travelling all over the world, because his father and then his step father were both in the Royal Air Force. He spent part of his childhood in Australia, where he first met the wonders of comics, and grew to love Superman and Batman in particular. From the age of 11, he lived in North Wales, having moved back to Britain. It was a time when children were allowed to roam anywhere, to play in the streets, to wander over the hills, and he took full advantage of it. His English teacher, Miss Enid Jones, was a big influence on him, and he still sends her copies of his books. After he left school he went to Exeter College, oxford, to read English. He did a number of odd jobs for a while, and then moved back to Oxford to become a teacher. He taught at various middle schools for 12 years, and then moved to Westminster College, Oxford, to be a part-time lecturer. He taught courses on the Victorian novel and on the folk tale, and also a course examining how words and pictures fit together. ...read more.


Coulter. Despite this shock, Lyra quickly learns to read the alethiometer and understand its messages. Although her alethiometer enables her to discover the truth in everything around her, Lyra is unaware of the incredible role her own life plays in the fate of the universe. Lyra is the subject of a great prophecy in which she is destined to commit a fateful betrayal that will determine the future of all worlds. To succeed in the rescue mission for the children, the Gyptians enlist the alliances of three people who come to regard Lyra dearly: Serafina Pekkala, the witch queen who reveals that the fate of universe lies in Lyra's future; Lee Scoresby, a Texan aeronaut and commander of a hot air balloon; and Iorek Byrnison, a renegade armored polar bear, deposed as king of his clan by a deceitful brother. While on their long, hard journey in the far North, Lyra and Pantalaimon are kidnapped by hunters who take them to Bolvangar, the place where all the kidnapped children have been brought. At long last, Lyra is happily reunited with Roger, but to her horror, she witnesses intercision, the gruesome Dust experiment that separates child and d�mon. Banding together, the children and their daemons escape the terrors of Bolvangar, fleeing into the safety of the Gyptians, Serafina Pekkala's witches, Lee Scoreby's balloon, and Iorek Byrnison. Although the children are rescued, the journey for Lyra and Roger is far from over. ...read more.


Tony Makarios who is a simple slum child who is abducted by the Gobblers. Pantalaimon who is Lyra's d�mon, who frequently takes the shape of a brown moth or an ermine. Roger Parslow who is the Jordan College kitchen boy, who is Lyra's good friend and playmate. Lyra believes he has been stolen by the Gobblers and Iofur Raknison who is the usurper king of the armored bears of Svalbard. A vain and foolish ruler who is building an ornate marble palace in an effort to become more like humans. Iofur longs to have his own d�mon. I think there is no target audience for this story. I believe it can be read by anybody of any age who likes reading fantasy and enjoys adventure or mystery stories. In conclusion, I found the story "Northern Lights" by Philip Pullman exciting and very interesting. I liked it because I was hooked into the book just by reading the first page. This made me want to read on and find out what happens to Lyra in the novel and what she was doing sneaking into a dark room. Out of ten I would rate "Northern Lights" a 9 because i really enjoyed reading it and liked the way Philip Pullman constructed his own words to describe the unusual objects and characters in the story. I would recommend this book to any one who enjoys reading fantasy and to people not just between the ages of 13 to 18 but to everyone! By Hatice Giritli Group 9 ...read more.

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