The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass

eBook - 1996 | 1st ed.
Average Rating:
Rate this:
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.
Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1996.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780440418603
Characteristics: 1 online resource (399 p.)
Summary: Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North.


From Library Staff

A new classic, this tale of children's, their shape-shifting daemons, and armored bears is as magical today as it was when it was first published, twenty years ago.

In this fantastical tale, Lyra rides with giant
polar bear Lorek Byrnison.

From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment

LPL_KimberlyL Feb 03, 2018

I never managed to read any of the His Dark Materials when I was little - in fact, I had never even heard of the series until the movie The Golden Compass was released. What a shame, because this book is beautifully written, adventurous, and deals with some very grown up themes, making this a great read if you're a kid or just a kid at heart.

Nov 30, 2017

This is a beautifully written book, which is much deeper than it appears.

KevinELPL Aug 31, 2017

Philip Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy was one of the top 10 banned books from 2000-2010. If you're a fan of Harry Potter or other teen fantasy, celebrate Banned Books Week by reading this epic tale of good vs. evil.

"The Golden Compass" begins as Teenager Lyra, who lives in very ordinary Oxford, England, is swept up into an extraordinary world of steampunk airships, sentient animals, and a secret conspiracy that spans all of creation. As Lyra gets dragged into the inter-dimensional conflict, she begins to realize that her world is not what she thought it was. This book was challenged for its religious and sexual content, all of which is thoughtfully explored as Lyra struggles to figure out what in life is worth fighting for. I highly recommend this series to anyone from mid teens to adults.

AL_SUMMER Aug 06, 2017

Lyra's journey is filled with magic, suspense, and intensity. I highly recommend this series to anyone who loves fantasy!

Jul 12, 2017

This was my very first time reading The Golden Compass, and the book was amazing. It was an action packed book, with many great characters, and you never know what's going to happen next. I couldn't put it down. There are also a couple plot twists that I loved. Overall, I give it 5 stars.

liljables May 18, 2017

His Dark Materials continues to be my favourite trilogy: I loved it at 12, I loved it at 18, at 24, and I still love it now. Philip Pullman doesn't underestimate young readers - he has created an intricate, complicated universe and populated it with fascinating characters and an underlying challenge to question authority and think critically. Older teens and adult readers will find social (and religious) commentary around every corner, but younger readers can equally enjoy this story without being bogged down by allegory. His Dark Materials provides an excellent, necessary counterpoint to The Chronicles of Narnia.

I'm equal parts excited and terrified for the follow-up trilogy, The Book of Dust, the first part of which is coming our way this fall...

AL_TARINA Feb 16, 2017

Blending science fiction and fantasy, The Golden Compass is simply magnificent. The concepts are heavy, mired in mythology, theology, and quantum mechanics, and truly makes the reader think about the world around them and all the possible worlds that, theoretically, might exist out there, somewhere. This book is part of the series, His Dark Materials, which also include the Subtle Knife and the Amber Spyglass. Definitely one of the best YA trilogies I've read.

Jan 21, 2017

This is one of the books that I still recall so vividly from my childhood, not just for its original and imaginative plot, but also for the vivid writing. The protagonist Lyra is one of those rarities in fiction: a truly believable character. She is petulant, stubborn, and coarse, but she is also protective, kind, and willing to stand up for what she believes to be right. I have read many books in my life, but very few of them contained characters that have still stuck out so strongly in my mind to this day. In short, it is a beautiful piece of literature, and would recommend it to everyone.

Jul 13, 2016

[This is for the entire trilogy, The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spy Glass.]

Pullman’s remarkable trilogy brims with energy, ideas, morality and creativity. Set in parallel universes, following roughly the plot lines of Milton’s Paradise Lost, Pullman’s engaging masterpiece follows the journey of Lyra as she moves from innocence to understanding.

Apr 29, 2016

A horrible, boring, terribly written book by a author who obviously hates religion.

View All Comments


Add Age Suitability

Nov 21, 2017

BiblioBrietta thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

Feb 14, 2017

Sam_Stradford thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

red_tiger_1790 Aug 07, 2014

red_tiger_1790 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

Violet_Bee_66 Jun 07, 2012

Violet_Bee_66 thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

Apr 26, 2012

jackmane thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Violet_Dog_734 Feb 24, 2012

Violet_Dog_734 thinks this title is suitable for 11 years and over

jasminemurat Jan 18, 2012

jasminemurat thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

Jan 12, 2012

splorrg thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

bidbid Jul 18, 2011

bidbid thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Jun 16, 2010

New_Rose thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


Add a Summary

Jun 22, 2016

This book is about an adventure to the North Pole to look into "Dust".

Sep 27, 2012

In this book Lyra and her daemon ,Pantalaimon [ in short Pan], go on a perilous journey to Bolvangar to stop the Gobblers. They need to stop the Gobblers because they kidnap children and then cut away ther deamons. Lyra and Pan travel with with the Gyptians. Along the way they meet the armored bear, Iorek Byrnison. 

Apr 23, 2012

This truly amazing book in a different dimension where children started going missing. A girl lived there, Lyra, who once lived a university until the fateful day when her mother took her away. She was given a golden compass by the university which she was to keep hidden.Her mother found out and tried to take it so lyra ran away from her mother. She met the egyptians who saved her from being captured. Together with them she went to save the children. They met a bear named eric burneson who decided to help her after she got back his amour. Together with lee scorseby (a balloonist) they faced evil to save the missing children.


Add a Quote

Jul 29, 2014

“That's the duty of the old,' said the Librarian, 'to be anxious on the behalf of the young. And the duty of the young is to scorn the anxiety of the old."

Jun 22, 2014

“You cannot change what you are, only what you do.”


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at CML

To Top