The Ruby in the Smoke

The Ruby in the Smoke

Book - 1985
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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
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c1985
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780394988269
0394988264
9780394888262
039488826X
9780375845161
Characteristics: 230 p. ; 22 cm

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Sally Lockhart is a sixteen-year-old orphan who must dodge death in her quest to uncover the secret behind a mysterious ruby.


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tikirose
Jul 20, 2016

An earlier YA novel from Philip Pullman, better known for the "His Dark Materials" series, the first book of which is "The Golden Compass." This book was a quick read filled with swashbuckling action.

bhmwortman Apr 09, 2015

A decent YA Victorian era mystery. Sally is an enjoyable character with none of the typical accomplishments a girl of the period would have and is all the more likable because of it. The cast of characters that surround Sally are delightful and Pullman puts together a short but compelling mystery that leaves me keen to pick up the next novel in this series.

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apidae
Aug 19, 2014

The writing style is very polished. As you're reading along, you can feel comfortable looking for the little hints and clues on what is going to happen next. The characters are likeable and not annoying. The main character specifically is my favorite because of her unusual talents.

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sfogs
Jul 11, 2014

Really good book!!! Lol Mr Berry, the strong idiot! Mrs Holland was freaky~! A good mystery story, with a well interwoven plot.

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White_Butterfly_20
Jun 17, 2013

I have had this book on my bookcase for 3 or 4 years and finally got around to reading it. It was really engaging and eventful. It was well written and you got the feel for that era in London. I definitely recommend this book.

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Dani
Jun 20, 2008

Highly original, which is refreshing for a young adult novel. Very entertaining, I was intrigued throughout every page.

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White_Butterfly_20
Jun 17, 2013

White_Butterfly_20 thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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