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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Philip Pullman -- Keep Writing!!
Philip Pullman is an amazing writer; I was recently catapulted into his world by downloading the brilliant, His Dark Materials trilogy. Which is one of those unique series that you never never want to end, you wish that you could remain in the pages or read for the first time one more time, but alas you can't go back. However, you can read all the other books the author has written which brings me to The Ruby In The Smoke, which, I believe, is for an older reader given some of the subject matter and language so parents be advised. That being said, Philip Pullman does not disapoint. This is a compelling story about an unusual 16 year old girl in 1872 Victorian England forced into the world on her own to find out the mysteries behind her father's death and her own enigmatic past. The reader, Anton Lesser, is wonderful and the words are woven so skillfully and with such charm and perspective that I am hooked again. All I can say to Philip Pullman is eat salmon and broccoli and brown rice at least once a week and drink plenty of water and moderate excersize 3 times a week because I selfishly want you on this earth writing for a long long time!
Good story, great reader
We listened to this on our way across the country. It was gripping with a great mystery and a very dramatic reading. I recommend it.
The Book Itself
These voices are a bit English. But the book content is great. This book is at it's best.