1. The Golden Compass by Phillip Pullman. 1993. Random House Children’s Books. This is the story of Lyra, a girl with a daemon and her quest to find her father and her best friend and discover what a thing called dust means to her world. Set in a world where the majority of people have daemons attached to them, where bears wear armor and fight wars, and her mother may well be her greatest enemy. This is a riveting book!! I can’t wait to read the second and third books of the series!!