This is the second book in Mr. Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy, continuing the action (and there’s lots of action) from The Golden Compass. (And- The Golden Compass is now a new movie). All of the books in this trilogy have won prestigious awards. But parents may want to consider that some scenes include children in serious danger. There is also a rather dark cosmology and theology that runs through all three books, becoming ever darker in the later volumes.