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From the author of The Golden Compass comes a fantastical new story that follows Lila, a young girl who will do anything to become a Firework-Maker like her father, as she, along with a vocal white elephant named Hamlet, confronts pirates, demons, the Fire-Fiend, and anyone else that stands in the way of her dream. 30,000 first printing.
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Lila wants to be a firework maker just like her father, but before she can even start she has to make a hazardous, life-threatening journey to the den of the evil Fire-Fiend, battling her way through strange lands and nightmarish scenarios with elephants and pirates and strange beasts a-plenty tempting her from her path.
Philip Pullman has plucked a rare, exotic and totally bewitching idea from thin air and has turned it into the kind of magical adventure that all children dream of, crackling and sparkling with the same thrilling intensity as the fireworks in Lila's dreams. Lila herself is divine--the perfect blend of light-footed heroine and stubborn adventurer--and The Firework- Maker's Daughter, illustrated by Nick Harris, is a deserving winner of the Smarties Book Prize. A simply superb, gripping, action-packed adventure that will live long in the memory of anyone who enters Lila's world. --Susan HarrisonReview:
'This comical adventure about a girl who longs to follow in her father's footsteps crackles with Pullman's usual flair.' (Publishers Weekly)
'Narrator Lambert is a marvelous teller ... Delicious entertainment for families highlights Pullman's keen, literate writing.' (AudioFile Magazine)
'Full of hilarious, lovable characters this is a book you will want to read over and over again.' (The Sunday Times)
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