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The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman

The Tiger in the Well (1991)

by Philip Pullman

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Series: Sally Lockhart Mysteries (3)

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Enjoyed this almost as much as The Ruby in the Smoke - back to a faster-paced, crazier mystery - though I knew all along who the bad guy had to be and thought it was a cop-out that Sally just didn't allow herself to admit that she knew his identity. I loved the inclusion of politics/current affairs and the Daniel Goldberg character, and getting to see Sally alone without Fred and Jim to help save her. I definitely recommend this series and am on to the Tin Princess now. ( )
  Kristin_Curdie_Cook | Apr 29, 2016 |
As "The Tiger in the Well" begins, we find Sally Lockhart a single mother in Victorian England, her lover having died before they could be married. This is a hard enough situation, in those times, but soon Sally finds herself as the victim of a mysterious and elaborate scheme designed to ruin her reputation and have her daughter taken from her. Who could hate her this much, and why? Exciting, entertaining (and feminist) adventure. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
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  Bagpuss | Jan 17, 2016 |
I thought I might have to abandon this book early because the crime against the protagonist is so exasperating! Sally Lockhart, a single mother, is charged with a list of crimes starting with abandonment of her husband. If she is found guilty, her daughter will be taken from her. The truth is, she's never been married. Not that that makes for a good defence for a single mother in Victorian days. The man claiming to be her husband is a complete stranger. Her solicitor and lawyer were equally exasperating in advising her to show remorse. But I kept reading because the story is gripping, there is lots of action, and the details of Victorian life were so interesting. An excellent book intended for young adults. This is a dark story, describing the treatment and persecution of Jewish immigrants and political groups. ( )
1 vote VivienneR | Jul 23, 2015 |
Slowgoing at first, a bit darker than my usual tastes and somewhat preachy at times. But the atmosphere is evoked quite well as usual, and the good characters are generally sympathetic. I'm glad that this seems to be the last of the Sally Lockhart series, as by the end she seems on her way to becoming involved in various social causes and as much as I sympathize with the arguments (having married a descendant of Eastern European Jews), that's when the book gets its most didactic. ( )
  bostonian71 | Jun 24, 2015 |
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Philip Pullmanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benson, LindaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lesser, AntonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stutzman, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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One sunny morning in the autumn of 1881, Sally Lockhart stood in the garden and watched her little daughter play, and thought that things were good.
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Sally, now 25, is comfortably settled with her child, Harriet, her work, and her London friends. But when a complete stranger claims to be both her husband and Harriet's father, Sally's whole world comes crashing down around her. With nowhere to turn, she escapes with Harriet into the slums of London's East End--and finds help in some unexpected quarters.

"Pullman is fast becoming a modern-day Dickens for young adults. The setting is the same, the strong eye for characters is there, as are the brooding atmosphere, the social conscience, and the ability to spin plot within plot. Sally Lockhart is now a young woman, left alone with a toddler. Nothing prepares her for the shock of receiving a summons from a man she has never even heard of, suing for divorce and the custody of her beloved Harriet. Sally struggles against the net closing around her, seeking to find out who is persecuting her and why. The writing style is lively and direct, and there's lots of action. This is a suspense novel with a conscience, and a most enjoyable one."--School Library Journal.  

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In London in 1881, twenty-four-year-old Sally finds her young daughter and her possessions assailed by an unknown enemy, while a shadowy figure known as the Tzaddik involves her in his plot to defraud and exploit the hordes of Jewish immigrants pouring into the country.… (more)

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