La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust, #1) by Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman’s latest addition to his unfinished trilogy depicts the life story of an eleven-year-old boy Malcolm Polstead. Ever since he was a child, Malcolm seemed to keep an eye on everyone but the same can’t be said of him. Nobody seemed to notice him while he kept an eye on everyone around him. This quality helped him a great deal in picking up a profession that fell in line with his inconspicuous presence-The spy who was never noticed. Malcolm is able to keep up with the proceedings of the town people as his father is the owner of an inn by the name Trout. It is situated on the banks of river Thames and the whole city crosses the inn frequently. He comes across a message which talks about a mysterious substance called Dust. Malcolm becomes all the more suspicious of everyone around him. People of all shapes and sizes come asking for a baby girl called Lyra. Malcolm senses danger and goes to extreme lengths to protect the innocent child from the prying eyes and luring hands. Undoubtedly, a must read for those who have a taste for mystery.