The Firework-maker’s Daughter:
A young girl called Lila wants to become a firework-maker, like her father Lalchand. Despite her talents, Lalchand believes this is an unsuitable job for girls. Lila disagrees, and journeys to get Royal Sulphur from Razvani the Fire-Fiend at Mount Merapi, as all aspirant firework-makers must do.
The quest is nearly unsuccessful, as she does not have protection from the Fire-Fiend’s flames or the Three Gifts to present to Razvan.
“Full of hilarious, lovable characters this is a book you will want to read over and over again” (The Sunday Times)
“Pullman knows it is not enough to bargain on the richness of children’s minds: successful writing of this kind depends on the creation of imaginative worlds that have enough internal coherence to be not only comprehensible but inhabitable” (Independent on Sunday)
“A wonderfully written adventure story” (Guardian)
“A brilliant book” (Derby Evening Telegraph)