cover image The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

Philip Pullman. Alfred A. Knopf, $10 (416pp) ISBN 978-0-679-89310-3

In this deluxe trade paperback edition of the first in the celebrated Dark Materials trilogy, ""Pullman is a master at combining impeccable characterizations and seamless plotting, maintaining a crackling pace to create scene upon scene of almost unbearable tension. Nothing short of breathtaking,"" said PW in a boxed review. Ages 12-up. (July)