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The Tiger in the Well by Philip Pullman
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Jan 14, 2010

really liked it
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Read in January, 2010

The third and, so far (I've one more to go), best of the Sally Lockhart books.
The story incorporates the rise of socialist organisations, Russian Jews fleeing the pogroms of 1881, and issues of class identity, yet it's not in the least dry or academic. All the sociological and historical elements are vividly brought to life and seamlessly integrated into the narrative. Plus it's a more emotionally involving adventure this time as Sally goes on the run with her toddler daughter in the breathless and gripping central section. My only gripe is that some loose plot strands are tied up a little too swiftly and neatly in the final chapter.
Ignore the "young adult" label, this is a grown-up yarn with brains, heart and a conscience.
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