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The Tin Princess (Sally Lockhart Series #4)
     

The Tin Princess (Sally Lockhart Series #4)

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by Philip Pullman
 

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AFTER WITNESSING A mysterious explosion, three young Londoners—Becky, Jim, and Adelaide—journey to a tiny country high in the mountains of Central Europe in 1882. They’re an unlikely trio to lead a country, but when Adelaide’s husband, the new king, is assassinated, she finds herself fighting for the crown—and for her very life.

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AFTER WITNESSING A mysterious explosion, three young Londoners—Becky, Jim, and Adelaide—journey to a tiny country high in the mountains of Central Europe in 1882. They’re an unlikely trio to lead a country, but when Adelaide’s husband, the new king, is assassinated, she finds herself fighting for the crown—and for her very life.

Editorial Reviews

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“Mesmerizing . . . a taut adventure.”—Kirkus Reviews, Starred
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
In a starred review, PW characterized this "action-packed romp" as "a breathtaking blend of Saturday matinee cliffhanger and Viennese light opera." It features characters from Pullman's popular Sally Lockhart trilogy, The Ruby in the Smoke, Shadow in the North and The Tiger in the Well, all of which are being simultaneously reissued in paperback. Ages 10-up. (Apr.)
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-A complex tale of romance, intrigue, and adventure. Adelaide, Mrs. Holland's maid, vanished towards the end of The Ruby in the Smoke (Knopf, 1987). Now, 10 years later, in 1882, detective Jim Taylor tracks her down. Beautiful, tough, and illiterate, 22-year-old Adelaide has secretly married Prince Rudolf of Razkavia. When his brother is shot, the couple travels to that tiny European country. Jim accompanies them, as does Becky Winter, 16, Adelaide's tutor and interpreter. In rapid succession the old king dies, Rudolf is crowned and assassinated, and Adelaide becomes queen. Surprisingly, she's remarkably good at the job. She's not without enemies, though, and Becky and Jim have their hands full as they try to stay one step ahead of the schemers. Pullman writes fluently and descriptively, and his wealth of detail brings the period alive. The unexpected twists and turns will grip readers and make it difficult to set the novel down. At times, the large cast and numerous subplots needlessly complicate matters, and the introductory list of names and family tree are more a distraction than a help. Pullman's habit of shifting perspective (from Becky to Jim to assorted others) can also be annoying. Still, this book stands above most YA novels of its type due to its richness, its fascinating characters, and its story that, while sometimes far-fetched, is firmly rooted in reality.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375845147
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
09/09/2008
Series:
Sally Lockhart Series , #4
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
445,891
Product dimensions:
5.44(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass (and the reader-voted "Carnegie of Carnegies" for the best children's book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for The Amber Spyglass; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass); Parents' Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
 
It has recently been announced that The Book of Dust, the much anticipated new book from Mr. Pullman, also set in the world of His Dark Materials, will be published as a major work in three parts, with the first part to arrive in October 2017.  
 
Philip Pullman is the author of many other much-lauded novels. Other volumes related to His Dark Materials: Lyra’s Oxford, Once Upon a Time in the North, and The Collectors. For younger readers: I Was a Rat!; Count Karlstein; Two Crafty Criminals; Spring-Heeled Jack, and The Scarecrow and His Servant. For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet: The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin Princess; The White Mercedes; and The Broken Bridge.
 
Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England. To learn more, please visit philip-pullman.com and hisdarkmaterials.com. Or follow him on Twitter at @PhilipPullman.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Oxford, England
Date of Birth:
October 19, 1946
Place of Birth:
Norwich, England
Education:
Exeter College, Oxford University
Website:
http://www.philip-pullman.com/

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Tin Princess 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best book that I have read in a long time! It was full of life and hope! I enjoyed it very much! I especially loved the part in which she had to carry the flag all the way, it really showed true courage! I loved it so much that I will definitely be reading it again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is the best book i have ever read, then again, i am only fourteen. Anyone who thinks it is too complicated is wrong. I would not say that there is any down-side to this book at all, I really hope he writes more of the Sally Lockhart set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This whole Sally Lockhart series was wonderful! I've read all of the books over and over! The Tin Princess is so enjoyable! It's my 2nd favorite in the four books (Tiger in the Well is my first). The characters are so fun, and I love the entire story...I can never put it down when I start reading it! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you've read the other books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is my favorite Pullman book, besides the Dark Materials trilogy.
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I found this book to be very good, but certain parts were confusing, such as the process of different names being introduced, settings being different.