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Lyra's Oxford

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Short mystery a delight for Pullman series' fans.

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This little trifle of a mystery stands on its own well enough, but is really just for the pleasure of fans of the series, His Dark Materials. Lyra and Pantalaimon are such compelling characters that fans will enjoy an excuse to spend a little more time with them. Until the much-anticipated next book in the series, The Book of Dust, is finished, this and Once Upon a Time in the North should help to tide them over.

"Everything means something, ... We just have to find out how to read it," Lyra says to Pan, and one might wonder if that applies to this book as well. Both the story itself and the puzzling, seemingly extraneous clues the author scatters through the book may be hints about the novel to come. On his Web site, the author coyly says, "If you look very closely, you may find some clues about the future course of Lyra's story." So in addition to enjoying the brief plot, fans of the series can have fun poring over the clues and arguing about what it all might mean.

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