Once Upon a Time in the North
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Once Upon a Time in the North

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When Lyra is studying at Oxford University, she comes across the story of Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnisson's first meeting, many years ago, along with much evidence of the adventure that brought them together. When a young Texan balloonist, Lee Scoresby, comes down to earth in the harbour of an Arctic town in the North, little does he realise that he is about to be embroiled in an out-and-out political brawl. Lee and his daemon, Hester, find themselves the target of political factions trying to take over the running (and oil) of the town. And also resident in the town are huge arctic bears, ignored and patronised by the people and treated like second-class citizens. When Lee and Iorek first meet, they cement a friendship that will continue throughout their lives, as the tensions and pressure in town lead to a deadly conclusion...Another wonderful tale from a master story-teller, giving us more extraordinary insight into the world of His Dark Materials. Includes a thrilling board game!show more

Product details

  • 12+
  • Hardback | 112 pages
  • 118 x 176 x 18mm | 140g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • DAVID FICKLING BOOKS
  • London, United States
  • English
  • 3rd ed.
  • Black and White
  • 0385614322
  • 9780385614320
  • 92,122

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"Exuberant, intelligent fun ... Once again Pullman has created a work of art that is enchanting for a child but equally appealing to an adult" -- Amanda Craig The Times "Tantalisingly short, irresistibly snappy and full of dangerous derring-do" Independent "This is a real treat, and easily one of the publishing hightlights of the year that will be devoured by fans old and new" The Bookseller "Small and elegant, the book is exquisitely illustrated with woodcuts by John Lawrence and rounded off with bits of memorabilia including a newspaper clipping giving a different spin on events plus a board game. Fast and powerful, this is an exciting read" -- Anne Faundez Carousel "A short, simple, elegant story ... cloth-bound, with enhancing woodcuts by master-engraver John Lawrence" -- Claudia Fitzherbert Spectatorshow more

About Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman is one of the most highly acclaimed children's authors of the decade. He has been on the shortlist of just about every major children's book award in the last few years, and has won the Smarties Prize (Gold Award, 9-11 age category) for THE FIREWORK-MAKER'S DAUGHTER and the prestigious Carnegie Medal for NORTHERN LIGHTS. He was the first children's author ever to win the overall Whitbread Prize for THE AMBER SPYGLASS. He lives in Oxford.show more

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"A short, simple, elegant story . . . cloth-bound, with enhancing woodcuts by master-engraver John Lawrence"show more

Back cover copy

Another mesmerising episode from the universe of His Dark Materials including the very first meeting of those two legends and friends, Lee Scoresby, the Texan balloonist, and Iorek Byrnison, the armoured bear. Set in the far frozen Arctic, Once Upon aTime in the North contains other teasingly authentic memorabilia and clues, together with a thrillign board game, Peril of the Pole, complete with spinner, game board and pieces, all beautifully illustrated and rendered by master engraver, John Lawrence.show more

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