Saturday, September 13, 2014
The Ruby in the Smoke review
Book talk: Have you ever asked a question and had someone warn you to leave it alone? That's exactly what happens to Sally. When she tries to uncover the mystery of what happened to her father she only encounters more death and danger and people telling her that a proper lady should just stay home. But life with her aunt is insufferable and she can't rest until she knows why she became an orphan. With a few trusty friends, she just might be able to discover what a cursed ruby from India has to do with her past--or she might just doom them all!
Rocks my socks: This is a great mystery set in Victorian England. Sally and her friends from the young photographer to the enterprising urchin are all wonderful characters, the villains are positively Dickensian, and the mystery unraveled in a suspenseful way full of clues and puzzles to work out.
Rocks in my socks: zip
Every book its reader: I'd give this to fans of mystery and historical fiction 6th & up.
Apparently there's a BBC adaptation of the book starring Doctor Who actors Billie Piper and Matt Smith!
Source: The Ruby in the Smoke by Phillip Pullman: buy it or check it out today!