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  • Published: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, c1987.
  • Year Published: 1987
  • Edition: 1st American ed.
  • Description: 230 p. ; 22 cm.
  • Language: English
  • Format: Book

Reading Level

  • Lexile: 750

ISBN/Standard Number

  • 0394895894 (pbk.)
  • 037584516X



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The ruby in the smoke

by Pullman, Philip, 1946-

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Call number: Teen Fiction

Available Copies: Traverwood Teen

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Originally publshed in Great Britain by Oxford University Pressin 1985.

In 19th-century London, Sally, a recent orphan, becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby.

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An orphan girl tries to unravel the many faceted mystery of her father's death and finds herself entangled with cutthroats, secret societies, a cursed ruby and opium, as well as the odd photographer. Sally Lockhart is smart and courageous, but she somehow spends most of the middle of the book doing nothing much while others solve the mystery for her. The book might have been a bit more satisfying if she had been a more active protagonist and less of a victim of events, though admittedly less plausible. Still, a pleasant enough story to read, though rather on the grim and grimy side.

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