The Ruby in the Smoke

The Ruby in the Smoke

Paperback Sally Lockhart Mysteries

By (author) Philip Pullman

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Paperback | 230 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 201mm x 18mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 9 September 2008
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 037584516X
  • ISBN 13: 9780375845161
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Sales rank: 27,977

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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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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.