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Books His Dark Materials

Author
Thumb_03e50b6fd29414ed3abcf4d5ce7dfb28 Philip Pullman
Year
2000
Publisher
Scholastic
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  • Strictly speaking, the three novels […] are children’s books, but their ideal reader is a precocious fifteen-year-old who long ago came to find the Harry Potter books intellectually thin. It’s possible that as many adults now read the trilogy as do children… The Amber Spyglass won the 2001 Whitbread Prize for best children’s book, then went on to win the Whitbread Book of the Year award, too—the first children’s book to do so.

  • … he gives his readers precisely the satisfactions they look for in a novel: well-made, absorbing characters, supreme elegance of style and tone, a richly inventive imaginative landscape, and, finally, some very big ideas fearlessly explored. It’s not too much to ask, but it’s rarer than hen’s teeth.