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The Golden Compass forms the first part of a story in three volumes. The first volume is set in a world like ours, but different in many ways. The second volume is set partly in the world we know. The third moves between many worlds. In The Golden Compass, readers meet for the first time 11-year-old Lyra Belacqua, a precocious orphan growing up within the precincts of Jordan College in Oxford, England. It quickly becomes clear that Lyra's Oxford is not precisely like our own -- nor is her world. In Lyra's world, everyone has a personal dæmon, a lifelong animal familiar. This is a world in which science, theology and magic are closely intertwined. These ideas are of little concern to Lyra, who at the outset of the story, spends most of her time with her friend Roger, a kitchen boy. Together, they share a carefree existence scampering across the roofs of the college, racing through the streets of Oxford, or waging war with the other children in town. But that life changes forever when Lyra and her dæmon, Pantalaimon, prevent an assassination attempt on her uncle, the powerful Lord Asriel, and then overhear a secret discussion about a mysterious entity known as Dust. It is at this time that children mysteriously began to disappear. Children, and only the children, are vanishing at the hands of what become known as the "Gobblers." Who the Gobblers are and what they want is unknown, but soon, children from far and wide are disappearing with out a trace, even Lyra's good friend, Roger. - Publisher.

Excerpts

Lyra and her daemon moved through the darkening hall, taking care to keep to one side, out of sight of the kitchen.
added anonymously.

31 editions First published in 1995

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Cover of: Northern Lights
Northern Lights
2011, Scholastic Books
in English
Cover of: Luces del norte
Luces del norte
2007, Ediciones B
in Spanish - 1a ed.
Cover of: Huang jin luo pan
Huang jin luo pan
2007, Miao si chu ban you xian gong si
in Chinese - 880-02 Zai ban.
Cover of: Ōgon no rashinban
Ōgon no rashinban
2007, Shinchōsha
in Japanese - 880-02 Keisōban.
Cover of: The golden compass
The golden compass
2007, Yearling
in English
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The golden compass
2006, Alfred A. Knopf
in English - Deluxe 10th anniversary ed.
Cover of: The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass
September 9, 2003, Laurel Leaf
Paperback in English
Cover of: A la croisée des mondes, tome 1
A la croisée des mondes, tome 1 : Les Royaumes du Nord
April 3, 2003, Gallimard
Mass Market Paperback in French
Cover of: Huang jin luo pan
Huang jin luo pan
2002, Gong he guo wen hua shi ye gu fen you xian gong si
in Chinese - 880-02 Chu ban.
Cover of: Les Royaumes Du Nord
Les Royaumes Du Nord
January 2002, Editions Gallimard
Mass Market Paperback in French
Cover of: The golden compass
The golden compass
2002, Thorndike Press
in English
Cover of: Les royaumes du Nord
Les royaumes du Nord
2002, Gallimard jeunesse
in French
Cover of: The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass
September 2002, Alfred A. Knopf
Paperback in English - Revised Knopf trade paperback edition
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Northern Lights: Bolvangar
May 1, 2001, Chivers Press Ltd
Audio CD
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Northern Lights: Svalbard
May 1, 2001, Chivers Press Ltd
Audio CD
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Northern Lights: Oxford
May 1, 2001, Chivers Press Ltd
Audio CD
Cover of: The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass: (His Dark Materials, Book 1)
August 2000, Listening Library
Audio Cassette in English
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Northern Lights
May 31, 2000, BBC Audiobooks Ltd
Audio Cassette
Cover of: Les royaumes du nord
Les royaumes du nord
1999, Gallimard jeunesse
in French
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Northern Lights
October 31, 1999, BBC Audiobooks Ltd
Audio Cassette
Cover of: Northern Lights
Northern Lights
November 11, 1999, Chivers Press Ltd
Audio Cassette
Cover of: Northern Lights
Northern Lights
October 31, 1999, BBC Audiobooks
Audio Cassette
Cover of: The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1)
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1)
October 1999, Sagebrush Education Resources
in English
Cover of: Les royaumes du nord
Les royaumes du nord
1998, Gallimard Jeunesse
in French
Cover of: The golden compass
The golden compass
1998, Alfred A. Knopf
in English - 1st Knopf pbk. ed.
Cover of: The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1)
The Golden Compass (His Dark Materials, Book 1)
July 28, 1998, Knopf Books for Young Readers
Paperback in English
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The Golden Compass
March 30, 1997, Del Rey
Mass Market Paperback in English
Cover of: The golden compass
The golden compass
1996, Alfred A. Knopf, Distributed by Random House
Hardcover in English - 1st ed.
Cover of: Northern lights
Northern lights
1995, Scholastic Children's Books
in English
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Northern Lights: Boxed Set
Publish date unknown, Chivers Press Ltd
Audio Cassette
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Northern Lights: Bolvangar
Publish date unknown, Chivers Press Ltd
Audio Cassette

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