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I Was a Rat!
One night a strange little boy shows up at the door of elderly Bob the Cobbler and his wife Joan, who is a washerwoman. The strange kid is nice and obliging, but he doesn't know his name and insists "I was a rat." He says he is only 3 weeks old. The couple take him in and name him Roger, but the boy clearly knows nothing about table manners, not tearing up his bedclothes, or much else about proper human behavior. Placed in school, he eats the pencils. Th...
Lyra's Oxford
It is now two years since Lyra parted from Will in The Amber Spyglass, the final book of the "His Dark Materials" trilogy. She is 14 or 15 and a student at St. Sophia's school in Oxford (the Oxford on her alternate Earth). One day Lyra and Pantalaimon, her daemon, who has settled permanently into the form of a pine marten, are on the roof of Lodge Tower when they see a huge flock of starlings attacking a bird-like creature that turns out to be a witch's ...
Spring-Heeled Jack
In Victorian London, the children Rose, Lily and little Ned have been inmates of an orphanage for 18 months since their father's ship sank in the Indian Ocean and their mother died soon after. But conditions are awful and their captors venial and cruel, so the kids decide to escape to America by sneaking down to the docks and stowing away on a ship. Unfortunately, they are nabbed by the evil crime boss Mack the Knife, who notices a precious locket on Ros...
The Amber Spyglass - His Dark Materials 3
Lyra has been caught by her mother, Mrs. Coulter, who keeps her in a drugged sleep in a cave in the Himalayas (on their world). The Magisterium, provisionally Mrs. Coulter's ally, is not sure what she is up to, and sends out an assassin to kill Lyra because of the threat she poses to the world order. Will searches for and rescues Lyra, but accidentally shatters the subtle knife in his confrontation with Mrs. Coulter. Lyra decides she wants to travel to t...

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The Firework-Maker's Daughter
"A thousand miles ago, in a country east of the jungle and southe of the mountains," widowed Lalchand the fire-worker maker has a daughter, Lila, who wants to follow in his footsteps. She learns how to make some of the simpler fireworks, but her father thinks making it her trade would be a bad idea. Lila's best friend is Chulak, a servant of the king who takes care of his white elephant Hamlet and is the only one who knows Hamlet can talk. Chulak tricks ...
The Golden Compass: His Dark Materials 1
Lyra is a servant at Jordan college in Oxford. When her adventurous uncle, Lord Asriel comes to visit, she uncovers a plot by the headmaster to poison Lord Asriel. Lord Asriel evades this sinister plot, and after he leaves the headmaster, he gives Lyra a strange object, an alethiometer, which can predict the future. She accepts it, but very soon the charming Mrs. Coulter appears. She states that she is Lyra's legal guardian, and she takes Lyra to liv...
The Subtle Knife: His Dark Materials 2
Will Parry's mother is seeing things, and his father disappeared years ago, presumed dead. After he commits involuntary manslaughter, Will Parry discovers an interdimensional window, and flees through it to another world, in the town of Çittagaze, where he meets the silvertongued Lyra. Will and Lyra return to our world's Oxford after staying in Cittagaze for a while, and meets the villainous Lord Boreal, who steals Lyra's magical device, the alethiom...
The Wonderful Story of Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp
The story of Aladdin is the story in which a boy finds a wonderful lamp, which gives him control of a genie who can effect nearly any extraordinary transformation that the boy requests. When Aladdin, a poor street boy, finds an old lamp hidden deep in a cave he becomes the master of a magical genie. Will three wishes be enough to help Aladdin earn the love of beautiful Princess Jasmine and outwit the evil Jafar?...


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