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The Golden Compass
The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman

The Golden Compass Genre

Young Adult, Literature, Fantasy

The Golden Compass is one of those books that doesn't fit into any one genre. Sure, it's a book written for young adults that features coming-of-age themes, but it also tackles really big questions about religion, power, and authority. In other words, it's "Literature" with a capital "L." And sure, the book is definitely a fantasy novel (talking polar bears?). The magical elements and parallel universe-like setting is what draws many readers in.

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