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Synopsis: 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.
Review: "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
Title: The Ruby in the Smoke: A Sally Lockhart ...
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Publication Date: 1988
Binding: Mass Market Paperback
Book Condition: Used: Good
Book Description Laurel Leaf Library, 1994. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Used; Very Good. Dispatched, from the UK, within 48 hours of ordering. Though second-hand, the book is still in very good shape. Minimal signs of usage may include very minor creasing on the cover or on the spine. Bookseller Inventory # CHL2160917
Book Description Laurel Leaf, 1987. Book Condition: Fair. Reprint. Shows definite wear, and perhaps considerable marking on inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP2862510
Book Description Laurel Leaf, 1987. Book Condition: Good. Reprint. Ships from Reno, NV. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP85744995
Book Description Laurel Leaf, 1987. Book Condition: Very Good. Reprint. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP9316262
Book Description Laurel Leaf. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. Good clean copy with no missing pages might be an ex library copy; Possibly may have minor marginal notes and or highlighting. Bookseller Inventory # 2693246707
Book Description Laurel Leaf. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: GOOD. book was well loved but cared for. Possible ex-library copy with all the usual markings and stickers. Some light textual notes, highlighting and underling. Bookseller Inventory # 2762517668
Book Description Laurel Leaf, 1987. Book Condition: Very Good. Reprint. Ships from the UK. Former Library book. Great condition for a used book! Minimal wear. Bookseller Inventory # GRP91901481
Book Description Laurel Leaf. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. This copy shows very minor wear. Bookseller Inventory # G0394895894I4N00
Book Description Laurel Leaf. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Ex-Library Book - will contain Library Markings. Very good condition book with only light signs of previous use. Bookseller Inventory # G0394895894I4N10
Book Description Laurel Leaf. Mass Market Paperback. Book Condition: As New. Excellent condition with minimal visible wear. Bookseller Inventory # G0394895894I2N00