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Lyra's Oxford Hardcover – October 29, 2003
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Lyra's Oxford is an exciting tale set in the world of Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials saga. This collectible hardcover volume includes a short story by Mr. Pullman, plus a fold-out map of Oxford and various "souvenirs" from Lyra's world and beyond. The book is illustrated throughout with woodcut illustrations by John Lawrence.
This charming edition is a must for Pullman fans.
Don't miss Philip Pullman's epic new trilogy set in the world of His Dark Materials!
** THE BOOK OF DUST **
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A very sumptuous and lovingly crafted but tantalizingly brief book , Lyra's Oxford begins when Lyra and Pantalaimon spot a witch's daemon called Ragi being pursued over the rooftops of Oxford by a frenzied pack of birds. The daemon heads straight for Lyra (the creature was given Lyras name as somebody who might help) and is given shelter. Together Lyra and Pan try to guide the daemon to the home of Sebastian Makepeacean alchemist living in a part of Oxford known as Jericho--but it is a journey fraught with more danger than they had at first anticipated. (Age 10 and over) --John McLay
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Tim Wadham, Maricopa County Library District, Phoenix, AZ
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- Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1st edition (October 29, 2003)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 64 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0375828192
- ISBN-13 : 978-0375828195
- Reading age : 10 - 17 years
- Lexile measure : 910L
- Grade level : 5 - 9
- Item Weight : 6.7 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.38 x 0.58 x 6.94 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #492,553 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Short Story within the book titled "Lyra and the Birds" takes place two years after the conclusion of the events in "The Amber Spyglass" and details the efforts of a now older Lyra to help a lost witch's daemon find its way back to its host. What the story lacks in length it makes up for in the same action oriented, informative storytelling which made the original trilogy so appealing. With a map of Lyra's alternate Oxford, and other clues pointing to the possible future of the characters the author Philip Pullman has never ceased to amaze me with his allegiance to the series and to his many fans.
The only problem I encountered is that the Kindle version does not display the map in a manner which much detail can be composed of in a knowledgeable manner. Unless you have a Kindle DX or don't mind a squished indistinguishable map I would get this wonderful read as a printed book.
I am planning to start reading The Book of Dust soon!
Pros: Nice presentation, another chance to spend time with Lyra and Pan
Cons: Too short, not very impactful or interesting beyond confirming that Lyra is flourishing after the events of the previous books.