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The Subtle Knife

The Subtle Knife

1997 Fiction
Ages: 12 & Up
Author: Philip Pullman
ISBN: 0679879250
Hardcover Price: $20.00
Will, having accidentally, killed an intruder, escapes into an alternate world through an opening from our own. There he meets Lyra, from yet another world, with her animal spirit companion and her truth-telling instrument, the golden compass. Through a series of frightening misadventures, Will becomes the new bearer of a knife of unknown but awesome power.

This middle book of a trilogy is not only exciting for its own sake, it sets the stage for another cosmic battle on the scale of the ancient story when rebel angels were cast out of heaven. Imaginative fantasy that doesn't settle for small issues.

Kemie Nix   ©1997 Parents' Choice
Kemie Nix is Chairman of Children's Literature for Children (CLC), a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational organization dedicated to bringing children and books together. Mrs. Nix, a senior book editor for Parents' Choice, has a remarkable sense of selecting books children love to read.

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