The Book of Dust: La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman, 449 pages
Malcolm is an 11-year-old boy, living in Oxford, helping his parents out at their inn and pub, and floating along the neighboring river on his trusty canoe. But when a mysterious baby is dropped off with the nuns of the neighboring priory at the same time that a militant religious group starts recruiting members at his elementary school, Malcolm and his daemon, Asta, suspect something is up. Before long, Malcolm is feeding information to a spy while keeping a close watch on the baby, Lyra, going so far as to take her away in his boat when Oxford experiences the worst flood it has ever seen.
This is the first book in Pullman's companion series to His Dark Materials, and readers of that series will definitely recognize Lyra from that trilogy. As the first book in this trilogy, the book closes with more questions than it started, and I can only hope that the answers will reveal themselves in upcoming volumes. Because this one was good, and I can't wait to read the next one.