Now, The Ruby in the Smoke, by Phillip Pullman. I enjoyed it well enough, but I'm fuzzy on the details of the plot. Allow me to paint a picture of my experience reading this novel.
I was flying to Virginia and had to make a connecting flight in Newark. After my first flight out of Boston was delayed three times, I was actually delighted to be in the worst place in the US. But then my connecting flight was delayed and delayed and delayed and finally canceled.
|I feel ya.|
But The Ruby in the Smoke was the last book I read as I approached 30 hours of no sleep. While I read this book, a seagull flew over my head. I was inside the terminal. Later, a pigeon stopped by. Then a sparrow. Obviously, I was distracted as I read this novel.
But I liked it for some obvious reasons. The lead is a young girl who knows how to take care of herself. There's a mystery at hand. The novel is historical fiction. There's some humor, a little violence, and a pretty good ending (if I am remembering correctly). With all of the novels for children and teens being released with strong female leads (or female leads in the case of Twilight), this a good book to fall back upon if those newer books are unavailable or already read. Plus, the kids might find the author familiar if they enjoyed The Golden Compass series.