Deep Dive: The Golden Compass

Now that the first month of our Reading is Magic Book Club is a wrap, let’s discuss what we thought of The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman!


The Golden Compass: Why was it banned?

This month we’re reading The Golden Compass, the first novel in Philip Pullman’s YA fantasy series His Dark Materials. But there was a time when the book sparked some controversy for promoting atheism.

Exploring symbolism in The Golden Compass

Let’s explore symbolism in Philip Pullman’s novel The Golden Compass, using the alethiometer as an example! The golden compass is a symbol-reader, making it a perfect tool for teaching about symbolism in literature.