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The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhard Mysteries)
The Ruby in the Smoke - Sally Lockhard Mysteries Author:Philip Pullman 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 ... more »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.
My second Philip Pullman read, and I enjoyed this one the best so far. Didn't even know it was considered a "young adult" book when found this brand new looking book at local swap. A thorough story with engaging characters. Loved the different personalities. Actually looking forward to continuing the Sally Lockhart trilogy.
A great story, well written (by Philip Pullman, author of the His Dark Materials trilogy) and well read in this audio version. The setting is Victorian London. The characters are interesting and the evil-doers are really evil. This is not a fantasy in the way His Dark Materials is, but a mystery. Young adult.