While this series is well-written and engaging, as a parent and educator I wish to caution parents and teachers alike that Pullman's expressed aim in writing this series is "to undermine the basis of Christian belief." This is not clearly realized until the second or third book when the reader is already engaged in the story line. It is not merely an anti-Christian book, it is an anti-GOD book and buyers should be aware of this. I read the series and enjoyed it immensely, but when I understood the basis of the story, I felt like I had been manipulated by this author and the publishers' agenda. To have this available to kids in some school districts could cause trouble from parents. As a teacher, I would definitely get parents' informed consent before allowing students to read this in class.
Philip Pullman quote: "We're used to the kingdom of heaven; but you can tell from the general thrust of the book that I'm of the devil's party, like Milton...The king is dead. That's to say I believe that the king is dead. I'm an atheist." <http://observer.guardian.co.uk>
Great story about learning to like ourselves just the way we are, it also teaches that changing ones appearance might not be an easy endeavor.
Great tale for kids. Funny, light-hearted look and vampire bunnies.
Good read... but I wonder when the next will be out. Covers much of what must have been going through Sarah's head. The part about Issac has a few unexpected twists.
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