The Ruby in the Smoke

by Philip Pullman

Reading Age: 12+

Interest level: 12+

by Philip Pullman

After the sudden death of her father, Sally Lockhart is forced to go to live in London with an obnoxious cousin. There, she receives an anonymous letter containing a warning so dire that it makes a man die of fear at her feet. Determined to discover the truth about what happened to her father, Sally is soon plunged into a dangerous and terrifying adventure that takes her to the dark heart of Victorian London.


Inspired by the tradition of the Victorian melodrama, Philip Pullman's first Sally Lockhart story is a cracking adventure. Cleverly-plotted, bristling with excitement and brilliantly gripping, it also provides an intriguing insight into the injustice and inequality of Victorian society, making it rich and fascinating reading for older children, teenagers and adults.


Publisher: Scholastic

About the author

  • Philip Pullman

    Philip Pullman is an English writer from Norwich. He is the best-selling author of several books, most notably his trilogy of fantasy novels, His Dark Materials, and his fictionalised biography of Jesus, The Good Man Jesus and the Scoundrel Christ. The first book of His Dark Materials has been turned into the film The Golden Compass and the first two books from his Sally Lockhart series as well as his children's novel I was a Rat! or The Scarlet Slippers have been adapted for television.

    Philip Pullman
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Average rating: 3/5

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Interesting but at times becomes boring. High word class a bit too complicated for Year 7 and under (11/12 years old and under)

Rating: 3 star
3 December 2016

I enjoyed this book. It was very interesting and I loved the plot

6 August 2016

This is a fascinating book for older children, teenagers and adults. This also shows you the injustice and inequality in the Victorian society.

Rating: 5 star
Somia Ramzan
23 March 2016

An amazing book, nothing not to love about it!

Rating: 5 star
29 November 2015

im muslim and proud. i am kind and respct the laws of islam so i will not be mean but this book is not as amazing as its plot. but i like it .

Rating: 5 star
new york
2 June 2015

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