TITLE: NORTHERN LIGHTS
AUTHOR: PHILLIP PULLMAN
Details: nr. 1 His Dark Materials
Lyra has had a relatively trouble free childhood in Oxford, when her friend Roger disappears. He is one of many children being abducted for reasons nobody seems to know, but everybody speculates about.
Lyra herself turns out not to be who she thought she was and unbeknown to herself she has a very special destiny.
And she takes the first step towards that destiny when she sets out on a quest to find her friend.
Set in a world and universe quite similar to but not the same as ours, this is a great adventure story. What takes it beyond a simple adventure for children, is the criticism aimed at organized religion and the lack of completely black and white characters.