La Belle Sauvage (Book of Dust #1) by Philip Pullman
I haven’t technically started this book yet because I’m just about finished rereading the original series. This series has always been a favorite, and returning to the world(s) of daemons, witches, gyptians, smart and determined kids and Arctic adventuring has been so fun! I’m so excited to see what this prequel has in store!
“Eleven-year-old Malcolm Polstead and his dæmon, Asta, live with his parents at the Trout Inn near Oxford. Across the River Thames (which Malcolm navigates often using his beloved canoe, a boat by the name of La Belle Sauvage) is the Godstow Priory where the nuns live. Malcolm learns they have a guest with them, a baby by the name of Lyra Belacqua”
And if you need to do some rereading of your own, or if you have yet to discover this awesome series, here are the books that make up His Dark Materials: