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The Ruby in The Smoke

Pullman, Philip

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ISBN 10: 039488826X / ISBN 13: 9780394888262
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers, 1985
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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039488826X Price intact. No remainder mark. Stated, "First American Edition," with a number string with "1" in it. Spine ends of dust jacket have several tears and are ragged/worn. Additional wear to dust jacket at outer points, small corner crease to front flap. Not a former library book. Dust jacket in a mylar protector. Bookseller Inventory # 030407

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Title: The Ruby in The Smoke

Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers

Publication Date: 1985

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good

Edition: First Edition.

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In nineteenth-century London, sixteen-year-old Sally, a recent orphan, becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby.

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"Her name was Sally Lockhart; and within fifteen minutes, she was going to kill a man." Philip Pullman begins his Sally Lockhart trilogy with a bang in The Ruby in the Smoke--a fast-paced, finely crafted thriller set in a rogue- and scalawag-ridden Victorian London. His 16-year-old heroine has no time for the usual trials of adolescence: her father has been murdered, and she needs to find out how and why. But everywhere she turns, she encounters new scoundrels and secrets. Why do the mere words "seven blessings" cause one man to keel over and die at their utterance? Who has possession of the rare, stolen ruby? And what does the opium trade have to do with it?

As our determined and intelligent sleuth sets her mind to unraveling these dark mysteries, she learns how embroiled she is in the whole affair. As riveting and witty as the sensational "penny dreadfuls" of Victorian England (but thousands of times better written), Pullman's trilogy (including The Shadow in the North and The Tiger in the Well) will have readers on the edges of their seats. Ruby is an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. (Ages 12 and older) --Karin Snelson

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