Shadow in the North (Sally Lockhart Series #2)

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?A second brilliant bauble, perhaps more foreboding and terrifying than The Ruby in the Smoke.? ?Publisher's Weekly

Will the sea give up its dead?

The year is 1878, and the spirited Sally Lockhart, once again defying Victorian sensibilities, has gone into business for herself. When one of her clients loses a large sum of money in the unexpected collapse of a British shipping firm, Sally sets out to investigate. But as she delves deeper into the...

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Overview

“A second brilliant bauble, perhaps more foreboding and terrifying than The Ruby in the Smoke.” –Publisher's Weekly

Will the sea give up its dead?

The year is 1878, and the spirited Sally Lockhart, once again defying Victorian sensibilities, has gone into business for herself. When one of her clients loses a large sum of money in the unexpected collapse of a British shipping firm, Sally sets out to investigate. But as she delves deeper into the identity of the wealthy and elusive industrialist who owns the doomed company, she uncovers a plot so diabolical that it could eventually subvert the entire civilized world–and if Sally’s enemies have their way, she won’t live long enough to see it happen.

Philip Pullman, author of the award-winning His Dark Materials, continues the nerve-shattering story of his canny and courageous heroine in this second Sally Lockhart mystery.

In 1878 in London, Sally, now twenty-two and established in her own business, and her companions Frederick and Jim try to solve the mystery surrounding the unexpected collapse of a shipping firm and its ties to a sinister corporation called North Star.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Readers first met the intelligent, inquisitive and independent Sally Lockhart in The Ruby in the Smoke. Now comes this second brilliant bauble, perhaps more foreboding and terrifying than the first, thanks to Pullman's care in creating lively, superheroic characters and then, just as heroically, killing them off. Six years after the close of the first book, Sallynow 22 and still galloping over Victorian conventionsis embroiled in high-level business and government fraud; lest this sound dry, there is also a secret weapon (``the shadow'' of the title) under development north of London that, in this setting, is as threatening as a nuclear arsenal. The mystery has many more tangled elements than the first tale, but they are all untangled and quite elegantly tied up; readers will weep at the deeds of true villainy and smile through their tears at the close, as they are offered Sally's radiant look to the future, to unfold in a promised final volume of the trilogy. Ages 12-up. (March)
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up Murder, mayhem, and mystery are once again the bill of fare as Pullman returns to Victorian England and the unconventional life and adventures of Sally Lockhart. Now 22 and a spirited early champion of women's rights, Sally finds herself involved with chicanery at the highest levels of government as she attempts to recover money lost by one of the clients of her financial consulting firm. She and her old friends, private detective Frederick Garland and Jim Taylor, undertake investigations which lead to a deadly confrontation with the evil Axel Bellmann, the wealthiest man in Europe and creator of a weapon so powerful as to change the course of empires. As he did in The Ruby in the Smoke (Knopf, 1987), Pullman once again demonstrates his mastery of atmosphere and style. Readers of that first book may be put off, however, by the more somber tone and the thematic and symbolic weight of the second, which demand special maturity and sophistication of its readers not only to grapple intellectually with such issues as the moral implications of the Industrial Revolution and the dehumanization of man by machine but also to deal with both the sexual expression of Sally's growing love for Frederick and the violent deaths of leading characters. Too many of the characters seem to be manipulated for thematic ends, and one wonders if the conventions of the mystery/adventure genre are not too fragile to bear the weight of Pullman's thematic ambition. Such issues are sure to inspire spirited discussion, the resolution of which may have to await the final volume in the trilogy. Michael Cart, Beverly Hills Public Library
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780739371527
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/9/2008
  • Series: Sally Lockhart Series , #2
  • Format: CD
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.10 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Philip Pullman won the prestigious 2005 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award in honor of the body of his work. He is the author of the internationally renowned His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass, winner of the Carnegie Medal; The Subtle Knife, winner of a Parents’ Choice Gold Award; The Amber Spyglass, the first-ever children’s book to win the Whitbread Book of the Year Award; and Lyra’s Oxford, all of which are currently available from Listening Library. You can visit the author’s website at www.philip-pullman.com.

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