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A Riddle in Ruby by [Davis, Kent]
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Book 1 of 3 in Riddle in Ruby (3 Book Series)

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Length: 438 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Age Level: 8 - 12 Grade Level: 3 - 7

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Gr 4–6—In this alternative history adventure, the year is 1718, and colonial Philadelphia is governed by Chemystry: a blend of magic, science, and mysticism. Boston is part of the Bradfordum Colony and "Philadephi" is part of Pennswood. Slightly steampunk elements, like "gearbeasties" and automatons that look like mice, are sneakily included in a narrative that races pell-mell through adventures that would be thrilling in any world. Aruba, better known as Ruby, is the daughter of Wayland Teach, the captain of a ship full of sailors who pretend to be a pirates for the entertainment of passengers—though they may be actual pirates after all. What is real and what is pretense is a theme that runs throughout this book. Ruby's gradual understanding of why everyone is chasing her and who her real allies are is topped only by the intriguing revelations that continually astonish, such as the configuration of Philadelphi: it has a lid on its "under town" that extends across the city and the "upper town" is built above the lid, which darkens and keeps out light below. Spunky and savvy, Ruby follows her mentor Gwath's maxims, which inevitably lead her from peril to temporary respite, only to be followed by even worse peril. VERDICT The world-building is fascinating, the characters entertaining, and a sequel is assured by a cliff-hanger. Good fun!—Carol A. Edwards, Denver Public Library, CO

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“This tale of revolutionary intent, self-discovery, and double-crossing cross-dressing is worth the trip. Sailors seeking espionage and a cast of characters who can’t sit still should embark on this series’ maiden voyage.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“The world-building is fascinating, the characters entertaining, and a sequel is assured by a cliffhanger. Good fun!” (School Library Journal)

“Davis’ debut novel promises adventure, magic, mystery, and alchemy, all of which it gleefully provides. …Middle–grade readers will love the magic of the Chemystral Age and will surely be on the hook for the next two books.” (ALA Booklist)

“It’s worth suspending disbelief to enjoy following this intrepid heroine and her companions, who are full of surprises themselves, on their swashbuckling journey.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Bound from one danger to the next with Ruby and pals, narrowly escaping bloodthirsty mechanical dogs; a terrifying, maniacal scarred man; and a haughty master of chemystry (to name just a few)… Readers will happily jump on board the promised sequel.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)

“A Riddle In Ruby has everything you could possibly want from a story: clever heroes, fiendish villains, startling plot twists, pirates, thieves, swashbuckling, adventure, action, mayhem - and plenty of humor. This is an exceptionally enjoyable, incredibly original series.”- (Stuart Gibbs, author of the New York Times-bestselling Spy School saga)

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  • File Size: 853 KB
  • Print Length: 438 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062368346
  • Publisher: Greenwillow Books; Reprint edition (September 22, 2015)
  • Publication Date: September 22, 2015
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00RLULN8K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #370,008 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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