The Ruby in the Smoke

The Ruby in the Smoke

By (author) Philip Pullman

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"In Dickensian fashion, Pullman tells the story of 16-year-old Sally Lockhart, who becomes involved in a deadly web of events as she searches for a mysterious ruby. The novel is a page turner, peopled with despicable hags, forthright heroes, and children living on the underbelly of 19th-century London. The story's events are exciting, with involved plotting. Settings and characterizations are exquisitely drawn. The first entry in a planned trilogy."--(starred) "Booklist." Reading level: 6.7.

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  • Paperback | 230 pages
  • 129.54 x 200.66 x 17.78mm | 340.19g
  • 09 Sep 2008
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Random House Inc
  • New York
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 037584516X
  • 9780375845161
  • 34,542

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Philip Pullman is the award-winning author of the bestselling His Dark Materials trilogy. He lives in Oxford, England.

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"A rip-roaring adventure story filled with cutthroat villains, dastardly deeds, sleazy opium dens, filthy London slums, and a delightful heroine...Splendid descriptions, plot twists and turns, and understated humor engage readers in this tale of murder, mayhem, and mystery."--School Library Journal (starred review)

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In search of clues to the mystery of her father's death, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London. Pursued by villains at every turn, the intrepid Sally finally uncovers two dark mysteries--and realizes that she herself is the key to both. "In Dickensian fashion, Pullman tells the story of 16-year-old Sally Lockhart, who becomes involved in a deadly web of events as she searches for a mysterious ruby. The novel is a page turner, peopled with despicable hags, forthright heroes, and children living on the underbelly of 19th-century London. The story's events are exciting, with involved plotting. Settings and characterizations are exquisitely drawn. The first entry in a planned trilogy."--(starred) "Booklist. Reading level: 6.7.

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