The Firework-Maker's Daughter Award-winning by Philip Pullman (author) (UK edition)

The Firework-Maker's Daughter

Suitable for 9 - 12 years

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Lila dreams of becoming a firework-maker like her father. But to fulfil her destiny, she must make a nightmarish journey to battle Razvani, the evil Fire-Fiend. On her journey, she outwits pirates, outlandish beasts, and a furious emperor. But will she survive the Fire-Fiend’s blazing wrath? Inspired by Philip Pullman’s own love of fireworks and their names – ‘Incandescent Fountain,’ ‘Golden Vesuvius’ – this exotic, shimmering story crackles with suspense and wonder. It fuses no-holds-barred fantasy adventure, full of vivid characters and desperate battles, with a moving moral about determination and finding the courage to follow one’s heart.

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Yearling (imprint of Random House Children's Books)

Date published

November 4th, 2004

Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.3; Middle years; 2.0 points

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  • 120 pages



UK edition


Philip Pullman

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  1. Beavereva1234
    on 1 November 2018

    I really enjoyed this book…the description was amazing and the cohesion between paragraphs was incredible as questions it didn’t answer then, it would answer later on. Also the story was just genius and I really couldn’t stop reading it.

    5 out of 5
  2. story
    on 11 May 2018

    This book was very interesting and adventuring I would recommend it to 6+ and I also wish the book went on and never ended!

    5 out of 5
  3. hammockgirl
    on 29 October 2017

    i like it i think the author is very talented and imaginative.

    4 out of 5
  4. PA-101430
    on 7 March 2017

    I read up to page 15 and it is soooooo interesting. I really want to carry on

    5 out of 5
  5. Haven
    on 21 November 2014

    The Firework Maker Lalchand has a great experience of being a firework maker. Lila his daughter has always wanted to be a firework maker and her Father won’t let her. She needs the three gifts which are Talent, Courage and Luck. But she didn’t know what they were when she went to see Razvani. She also needed the magic water from the Moon Goddess but luckily Chulak bought to her. Meanwhile Lilas father Lalchand had been locked up in the Kings castle. But if they won the firework display with longest applause he he wouldn’t be killed. But will they beat all of the contestants? Will be continued!!!

    5 out of 5
  6. bubble123
    on 28 April 2014

    I really enjoyed this book as it was packed with different emotions and we are also reading this book in school and discussing it in parts in guided reading and to read it by myself seems better than hearing an audio version. It’s better to read the book for yourself as you realize new things rather than having it read to you. I highly recommend that you read this book.

    5 out of 5
  7. Gurpreet
    on 12 April 2014

    It is an amazing book I highly recommend it . I read it at school and did loads of writing about it.

    5 out of 5
  8. louloubell231
    on 30 May 2013

    it’s currently amazing as it begins but as it goes on it is now getting boring xx and it just is not grabbing me to read on eny more i am getting bored whith it …

    i already know that she becomes a fire work maker so …

    3 out of 5
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    on 7 March 2013


  10. Han3
    on 18 February 2013

    It is one of my favourite books. I really enjoyed reading it.

    5 out of 5
  11. saphirelillyrose
    on 19 April 2012

    I read this in school and we did lots of work and writing about it the names of the other firework makers are funny senyor scortchiney!

  12. AmyXx
    on 7 March 2012

    I think it was alright.

  13. pawprint2
    on 5 March 2012

    I would love 2 try it

  14. migit1
    on 4 March 2012

    i absolutley love this book! i was reading this at school and soon i loved it! phillip pullman, this book is one of the best books ever made!!!!!!!!!!!

  15. cowmoo1170
    on 3 March 2012

    This book is worth reading, I thought I wouldn’t like it but I did so read it even if you don’t think you will like it, TRY IT!

    4 out of 5
  16. emmabradfield
    on 28 November 2011

    i think its worth reading lovely grammar in the story great book:)

    4 out of 5
  17. HorseT
    on 3 April 2011

    Nice story and I think I will write a story like this

  18. kacy54750
    on 4 June 2009

    this book is really fun

    4 out of 5
  19. BabyBudle
    on 25 November 2008

    Briliant book, Philip Pulman is so talented, I sujest you read it!

    4 out of 5

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