The Tiger in the Well (Sally Lockhart Trilogy, Book 3) by Philip Pullman
Reading level: Young adult
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.
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About the Author
Philip Pullman was born in Norwich, England and was brought up in Rhodesia, Australia, London and Wales.
Philip graduated from Oxford University in 1973 with a degree in English, and has taught middle school at Westminter College.
He is the author of many highly-acclaimed books for young readers, from contemporary fiction to Victorian thrillers, and has written plays and picture books for readers of all ages.
Philip's current book, The Golden Compass , has been hailed as "a rich combination of high fantasy, high drama, and intense emotion" by author Lloyd Alexander, and "extraordinary storytelling at it's very best."
Philip currently lives in Oxford with his wife, Judith, and children