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The ruby in the smoke [compact disc]
Philip Pullman
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Pullman's Victorian melodrama boasts a sufficiency of mystery, murder and hairbreadth escapes involving a big cast of honest and ignoble types. ``On a cold, fretful afternoon in early October 1872,'' the story begins, young Sally Lockhart is in London where she tries to find out the meaning of ``the Seven Blessings.'' The phrase appears in a message from her recently deceased father, drowned in the South China Sea. When a colleague of her father hears the words, he dies instantly of a heart attack. That event marks the start of crises that go on with no let-up in the colorful Dickensian tale. Sally's legacy, supposedly a fantastic ruby, is nowhere to be found. A gang of cutthroats pursue the girl and her loyal allies, as the story sweeps on to a resounding close. (12-up) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

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main characters Sally Lockhart
Age: 16
Has knowleldge about military tactics; father is killed under suspicious circumstances; is in danger because of the secret of the ruby in the smoke.

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