The Ruby in the Smoke (Sally Lockhart Series #1)

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“BEWARE THE SEVEN blessings . . . ” When she first utters these words, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart doesn’t know their meaning. But when an employee of her late father hears them, he dies of fear. Thus begins Sally’s terrifying journey into the seamy underworld of Victorian London, in search of clues to her father’s mysterious death.

In nineteenth-century London, sixteen-year-old Sally, a recent orphan, becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby.

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Overview

“BEWARE THE SEVEN blessings . . . ” When she first utters these words, 16-year-old Sally Lockhart doesn’t know their meaning. But when an employee of her late father hears them, he dies of fear. Thus begins Sally’s terrifying journey into the seamy underworld of Victorian London, in search of clues to her father’s mysterious death.

In nineteenth-century London, sixteen-year-old Sally, a recent orphan, becomes involved in a deadly search for a mysterious ruby.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sally Lockhart finds herself enmeshed in the perplexing clues surrounding her father's death, in this rousing Victorian thriller. Ages 12-up. (Dec.)
Children's Literature - Monserrat Urena
The first book of "The Sally Lockhart Mysteries" was originally published in 1985. This edition of the book is a rerelease. The author's Victorian thriller begins on a cold afternoon in 1872. Sixteen-year-old Sally Lockheart has gone to the offices of Lockheart and Selby, Shipping Agents. She hopes to garner some information from her late father's business partners. He recently drowned in the South China Sea. It was considered a terrible accident and nothing more. That was until Sally received a mysterious note posted from Singapore. Written in a mystifying hand, the note advises her to beware the Seven Blessings. It also advises her to look for help from someone named Marchbanks. Upon arriving at her father's office, she asks one of his business partners if he knows anything about the Seven Blessings. He drops down dead from the shock. With this unexpected turn of events, Sally's world is about to be transformed. The past will return, and she will discover her unwitting involvement with the Opium trade and a stolen ruby of great value. This early heroine of Pullman's foreshadows Lyra's strength and tenacity in the "His Dark Materials" trilogy. Sally is strong-minded and active in her pursuit of the truth, making her a gutsy female heroine. The story itself reads well and is somewhat hard to put down. It is a must read for Pullman fans. Reviewer: Monserrat Urena
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up A rip-roaring good adventure story filled with cutthroat villains, dastardly deeds, sleezy opium dens, filthy London slums, and a delightful 16-year-old heroine. Sally, orphaned when her father dies at sea, becomes ensconsed in mystery and treachery when she learns that a legendary ruby is rightfully hers. With the help of two friends, she sidesteps several attempts on her life, helps rescue a young girl from the clutches of a ruthless blackmailer, and finds the hidden fortune that her father had left her. There are twists and turns at every moment, with new characters constantly entering and old ones exiting (not by their own choice). Descriptions are vivid, colorful, and fully realized. Subtle innuendos enhance character development, and the understated humor keeps readers from taking the story too seriously. There are a few lapses in plotting and several contrivances, but these are minor flaws in a story that pulls together to become a rousing tale of murder and adventure in London in 1872. It's a book for sophisticated readers because of the variety of motivations and schemes as well as the shifts in setting within chapters, and one that's not for the timid because of the many murders. Trev Jones, ``School Library Journal''
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375845161
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Series: Sally Lockhart Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 194,031
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.44 (w) x 10.86 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip  Pullman
Philip Pullman is the award-winning author of the bestselling His Dark Materials trilogy. He lives in Oxford, England.

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Interesting facts about Philip Pullman and his books:
  • The Amber Spyglass was the first children's book to be named the Whitbread Book of the Year.

  • Among the other awards Pullman has received are Britain's prestigious Eleanor Farjeon Award and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award (a sort of Nobel Prize for children's literature) honoring his entire body of work.

  • Pullman enjoys playing the piano. "I'd like to play it well," he quips on his website. "But I can't, so the rest of the family has to put up with my playing it badly."

  • Pullman persuaded his publisher to let him illustrate the first two books of His Dark Materials with small, symbolic pen and ink drawings at the start of each chapter. Although these illustrations were left out of first editions in the U.S., they have been included in later editions. The third book of the trilogy, The Amber Spyglass does not have illustrations, but chapters begin with quotations from some of Pullman's favorite writers, like John Milton, William Blake, and Emily Dickinson.

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      1. Hometown:
        Oxford, England
      1. Date of Birth:
        October 19, 1946
      2. Place of Birth:
        Norwich, England
      1. Education:
        Exeter College, Oxford University
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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 12, 2007

      Amazing

      Honestly, I do not understand why all the attention has gone to the Dark Materials trilogy when Pullman's real achievement is the Sally Lockhart series. These books are brilliant. I do not say that lightly. The characters are fully developed and engaging. Pullman effortlessly mixes in bits of history, drawing fascinating parallels between technological advances, social changes, the transformations of global capital, and European political upheavals. All of this while managing to pull off breathless page turners.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 21, 2007

      i loved it

      i am rereading the ruby in the smoke for the second time i loved it i was very glad about her learning about her real father but didn t get a chance to met him

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 2, 2007

      A reviewer

      In the past, i have read the golden compass, and i thought it was very well written. It kept me excited throughout the book. Now after reading the The Ruby In the Smoke, i was absolutely blown away. I mean, honestly, i really can't describe! plz read it. This book is so fantastic, you wont regret it! look at the other reviews and how many stars they gave it!!!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted June 11, 2006

      Phillip Pullman's best book yet!

      Phillip Pullman has an amazing style. He writes with great detail but keeps your eyes glued to the story at the same time. He has a suspenseful plot that is great for any age and will keep you reading untill you are finnished. Also I was really happy to read about such a strong female charactor, because so many books now have charactors who care more about how they look than who the murderer is. This book is so well writen and suspenseful I found myself relating my life to Sally's. READ IT! What have you got to lose? You win the experience of reading one of the most amazing books I have read. I read alot.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 10, 2006

      An Amazing book.

      I have read many books after this one and it still reamains one of the best books I've ever read. It is a great mystery and will keep you turning the pages untill it is impossible for you to stay awake any longer. I think it is an outstanding book, and I always will.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 17, 2005

      I was Glued To It!!!!

      The Ruby In The Smoke Was so magnifacent I couldn't get my eyes off it! It was very detailed and beautifuly writen. You'll be done in two days! (Like I Was)

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 16, 2004

      WOW!

      This book was excellent! It kept me reading and reading. I never knew what was going to happen next. All the suspense was killing me! I'm very excited to pick up the next 2, but I am very sad that it ends there! Mr. Pullman, if you ever read this, please write more about Miss Sally Lockhart!!! Keep up the great writing!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted April 1, 2004

      Th greatest book that I have ever read!

      This was one of the best books that I have ever read! It is captivating and it is very hard to put it down. Whoever likes murder mysteries and historical fiction will absolutely love this book!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 2, 2003

      Super Sally!!!!!

      I'm really enjoying this book, even if I am only at page 40!!It is full of intrigue and mystery.I've been looking for a great to read for about a month and I finally found one!!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 12, 2003

      Best Ever: Pullman at his best

      Book is a great read! You can't put it down, Sally Lockhart, a sixteen year old girl who is out to avenge her father's death is a true herione!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted October 27, 2002

      Great Book

      Phillip Pullman is by far the best author. He is also my favorite author! I have read his dark materials triology (those are my favorite) and I am currently getting intrested in the sally Lockheart books. This book makes you think and it's not confusing! It follows a tiwsting plot and is all revealed at the end. You always think its over but then you uncover a new catch. I reccomend this to anyone who wants to read a good book!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted November 3, 2002

      Really good book!!!

      I really like this story,it's my favourite series of Phillip Pullman's books.I think he writes really good books!!! Although in The Tin Princess,i think Sally could have been in it a bit more, but i still really enjoyed it!!! My favourite part was when Sally hid in Fred's tent thing, when Mrs Holland was after her.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted August 8, 2002

      An excellent and intriguing book

      Pullman really knows how to write books. I loved his other books (the 'his dark materials trilogy', and the other two sally lockhart books.) He is a mastermind in writing complex, and well devoloped books. I really liked this book and have read it over and over again.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted July 19, 2002

      Connected Irony

      I thought that connecting the storys was dynamic. It was a book of self discovery. The books title was so perfect in irony, I really enjoyed it.

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted January 3, 2002

      Something new

      All the people at school are saying 'This book is confusing!' 'It's hard to follow!' and even teachers are saying it's the hardest book on the 2002 English Festival booklist. But I absolutely enjoyed it- I was pulled into the book and lived every minute of it with the characters. I'd love to read the other books in the triology!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted December 29, 2001

      Wonderful!!!

      I loved this book, along with Pullman's others. Also like the others, i could NOT put it down!!!!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted March 27, 2001

      A Very Cool Book

      This book is great!! If you like mysteries or historical fiction, then you have to read this book. The time period is great and the plot is so good that I couldn't put it down!

      1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 1, 2001

      Philip Pullman uses his pen in mysterious ways...

      .. perhaps. I first read The Golden Compass, and immediatley fell in love with the book. Skeptical of his other writings, I went to the library to check out The Subtle Knife. Finding that it was already checked out, I decided to read one of his other works, but was convinced I was not going to like my selection -- the Sally Lockhart triliogies. However, I read The Ruby In The Smoke the very next day (and finished it within an evening, I tend to read fast.) and could not wait to begin reading the sequels!

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    • Anonymous

      Posted May 13, 2001

      Wonderful Book!

      This is a wonderful book. It was hard to put it down! Philip Pullman is an excellent author. Some may say it is too hard to understand for a kid, but I'm 11 and I loved it! I would recommend it to any of my friends. Anyone who loves mysteries should read this book. Even if you don't like mysteries, if you read 'The Ruby in the Smoke', you will start loving mysteries.

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    • Anonymous

      Posted February 3, 2001

      Incredible!

      This was one of the books that I will always remember! It doesn't matter if you like SF or you are a teenager ( I am not), the book is going to impress you. I strongly recommend it to everybody.

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