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Once upon a time in the North
Philip Pullman
Knopf Books for Young Readers
UK Publication Date

***** THE BOOK OF DUST, the long-awaited new novel from Philip Pullman set in the world of His Dark Materials, has been hailed by the New York Times as "a stunning achievement."*****

In this prequel episode from Philip Pullman's His Dark Materials universe, Lee
Scoresby--Texan aeronaut and future friend to Lyra Belacqua--is just 24 years old,
and he's recently won his hot-air balloon in a poker game. He finds himself floating
North to the windswept Arctic island of Novy Odense, where he and his hare daemon
Hester are quickly tangled in a deadly plot involving oil magnate Larsen Manganese,
corrupt mayoral candidate Ivan Poliakov, and Lee's longtime nemesis from the Dakota
Country: Pierre McConville, a hired killer with at least twenty murders to his name.

only after Lee forms an alliance with one of the island's reviled armored bears that
he can fight to break up the conspiracy in a gun-twirling classic western shoot out--and
battle of wits. This exquisite clothbound volume features the illustrations of John
Lawrence, a removable board game-Peril of the Pole-on the inside back cover, and
a glimpse for Pullman fans into the first friendship of two of the most beloved characters
in the His Dark Materials trilogy: Lee Scoresby and armored bear Iorek Byrnison.

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PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass (and the reader-voted "Carnegie of Carnegies" for the best children's book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for The Amber Spyglass; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass); Parents' Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

It has recently been announced that The Book of Dust, the much anticipated new book from Mr. Pullman, also set in the world of His Dark Materials, will be published as a major work in three parts, with the first part to arrive in October 2017.

Philip Pullman is the author of many other much-lauded novels. Other volumes related to His Dark Materials: Lyra's Oxford, Once Upon a Time in the North, and The Collectors. For younger readers: I Was a Rat!; Count Karlstein; Two Crafty Criminals; Spring-Heeled Jack, and The Scarecrow and His Servant. For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet: The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin Princess; The White Mercedes; and The Broken Bridge.

Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England. To learn more, please visit and Or follow him on Twitter at @PhilipPullman.

Starred Review, Booklist, May 15, 2008:
“Pullman is as fine a writer as there is for young people, and this book is a small gem.”

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