A Riddle in Ruby

A Riddle in Ruby

by Kent Davis


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Ruby is a thief-in-training and a keeper of secrets—ones she doesn't even know herself. A Riddle in Ruby is the first book in a witty and fast-paced fantasy-adventure trilogy for fans for Jonathan Stroud, Septimus Heap, and The Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates.

Ruby Teach, daughter of a smuggler and pirate, has been learning how to swindle and steal and pick the most complex locks for as long as she can remember. But a collision with aristocratic young lord Athen sends her spinning into chaos. Little did she know that her whole life has been spent in hiding from nefarious secret societies and the Royal Navy . . . who are both now on her trail. In this debut middle grade adventure, Kent Davis weaves a rip-roaring tale through an alternate colonial Philadelphia. A world where alchemy—that peculiar mix of magic and science—has fueled the industrial revolution. With this highly original setting, a cast of fully rounded characters and rapid-fire, funny dialogue, A Riddle in Ruby will call to mind fantasy greats like Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062368355
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/06/2016
Series: Riddle in Ruby Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 613,028
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 740L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kent Davis is the author of A Riddle in Ruby. He is also an actor, a game designer, and a teacher. He lives in Bozeman, Montana, with his wife and a wily dog ninja named Bobo. www.kentishdavis.com

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A Riddle in Ruby 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 8yr old munchkin and I both read A Riddle in Ruby. It was a fun read with action packed, suspenseful, intriguing storylines and well developed, fully fleshed out characters. Here is munchkins review: A Riddle in Ruby was a fun reading experience for me. There were plot twists in the story that made it suspenseful and would make you want to read the book more! Ruby is curious, stubborn, and always ready for adventure. She is feisty and never backs down. Lord Athen is a good fighter, and he is bold and brave. He is sly and clever, and never gives up. Cram is really funny, and stuck with them. I enjoyed how they worked together. I found it very interesting how the book combined the real world and real history with a made up world. This book was challenging to read. There were a lot of difficult words and I had to spend a lot of time looking up words in the dictionary. I kept with it though, and I'm glad I did because it was a great book! Parent Note: This book is marketed for grades 4-6 which I would agree with. It was a challenging read for munchkin (3rd grade but a strong reader). She could follow the plot well and understood what was happening, but the vocabulary in general was a bit advanced and throw in some "old timey" language because it is set in 1718, and made up words because it is set in an alternate history...this makes for a bit of a challenging read. The vocabulary wasn't a bad thing; it added to the intrigue of the world and setting. Challenging a reader, and having them experience a situation where they have to persevere a little bit is a good thing in my opinion. Riddle was great also in that it wasn't overly violent. Munchkin can be a bit sensitive to violence. She's young and an advanced reader and it can be very difficult to find books that are not too easy while remaining appropriate for her in their content. Ruby fit the bill perfectly. I enjoyed the book as well! Here's a little secret: I don't always want to read children's books. I read them of course :) we're building readers here! (well in this case she read her copy, and I read mine and we discussed) but I was as invested in the story, its world, and its characters as much as munchkin was. We look forward to the sequel!
This_Kid_Reviews_Books More than 1 year ago
Synopsis- Ruby Teach is a thief [in training]. Her tutor is a master of disguise. Her father is a pirate. They all live [part-time] on a ship with her father’s crew, giving rides to rich people while transporting cargo. (They are fake, “for show” pirates.) But when young Lord Athen Boyle comes aboard, he isn’t looking for a good time. He’s looking for a fast ship. At sea, though, they realize that they aren’t fast enough when a royal ship overtakes them. Ruby, Lord Athen, and his serving-boy are hidden in a room during the encounter. Ruby’s father gets taken aboard the ship, and it all seems to be Lord Athen’s fault. That seems fair to Ruby. But as a mysterious plot unfolds, and more events occur, it seems to point to Ruby at the center… What I Thought- I really like the idea of this book. It seems to take place in the 1700’s (but maybe later?), because there are still the thirteen colonies of America (under British Rule). What’s different though, is the fact that it is a heavily steampunk-influenced society, that has a slight use of science spiced with magic in it. It’s really interesting. Needless to say, I was enthralled by this book. Ruby is a spirited main character that keeps you on your toes. Athen Boyle is an intriguing character also. I enjoyed the cast of characters in the book, each with a memorable personalities. I like the world that Mr. Davis has created. I cannot wait for book two, as there should be second one coming (judging by the cliffhanger). *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't wait for the next one!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago