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Once Upon a Time in the North by Philip Pullman
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Jul 05, 10

bookshelves: adventure, boy-main-character, fantasy, series, teen, tween, short
Read in January, 2009

I was caught up in this short little prequel adventure about Lee Scoresby and Iorek Byrnison. At not quite 100 pages, this is a fast-paced read with a western style feel. There is an element of Frontier Justice, and I definitely felt a little "huzzah!" in my head as the scruffy aeronaut and the outcast bear completed their adventure.
Anyone who enjoyed the His Dark Materials series should appreciate this for the context it gives. I actually think that this story has wider appeal, because Pullman was more to-the-point than in the series with Lyra as the main character, and it sped the action along. Woodcuts give some visual relief to the text, for those who enjoy pictures.
Violence. Swearing.
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