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The story of King George VI of Britain, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
It's the night of the Jellicle Ball and all these tinier-than-usual cats present themselves to Old Deuteronomy in hopes of being chosen to make the journey to the Heaviside Layer where they will be reborn, to live a new -- and hopefully better -- life. But someone is trying to eliminate the competition.
Lyra, the young protagonist of the story, lives in Jordan College, Oxford. Placed there at the request of her Uncle, Lord Asriel, she lives a sheltered life amongst the scholars and college staff while under the watchful protection of The Master and Librarian Scholar Charles. When the glamorous and mesmeric Mrs. Coulter enters Lyra's life, she embarks upon a dangerous journey of discovery from Oxford to London. Here she meets Father MacPhail, Lord...