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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (10,885 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philip Pullman Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Sally Lockhart Mysteries Release Date:
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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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  • A rip-roaring adventure story filled with cutthroat villains,dastardly deeds, sleazy opium dens, filthy London slums, and a delightful heroine...Splendid descriptions, plot twists and turns,and understated humor engage readers in this tale of murder, mayhem, and mystery. School Library Journal (starred review)

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donna | 2/3/2014

    " Sally, a 16 year old orphan, is investigating the murder/drowning of her father. The trail takes her to many places in Victiorian London and she meets many different people. She encounters drug dens, guns, and ruthless people. A lot for her to deal with in such a short novel. Well told and a satistfying ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Wils Cain | 1/14/2014

    " I was drawn to this first book of the Sally Lockhart Trilogy because I enjoyed Pullman's His Dark Materials Trilogy so much. The Ruby in the Smoke is much less fantastical with its feet firmly planted on the ground. Which for me was kind of disappointing. The story is set in the late 19th Century London around a young teenage girl whose father mysteriously dies in the Asia Pacific region. She quickly finds that her life is wound up in a prized ruby many people are after - and her life is quickly in danger. Putting aside my expectations the book is pretty good for a Young Adult story - and is quite dark (always a pleasure for me). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Chrissie | 12/31/2013

    " i read this trilogy approximately 7.5 million times when i was younger. so good. and it taught me all i know about opium use. no kidding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lia | 12/26/2013

    " Gripping. And a very good reader. We listened to it on a trip to Oregon---and the time flew by! "

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