The Tin Princess (Sally Lockhart Series #4)

The Tin Princess (Sally Lockhart Series #4)

by Philip Pullman


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AFTER WITNESSING A mysterious explosion, three young Londoners—Becky, Jim, and Adelaide—journey to a tiny country high in the mountains of Central Europe in 1882. They’re an unlikely trio to lead a country, but when Adelaide’s husband, the new king, is assassinated, she finds herself fighting for the crown—and for her very life.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375845147
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 09/09/2008
Series: Sally Lockhart Series , #4
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 275,709
Product dimensions: 5.44(w) x 10.86(h) x 0.69(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

PHILIP PULLMAN is one of the most acclaimed writers working today. He is best known for the His Dark Materials trilogy (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass), which has been named one of the top 100 novels of all time by Newsweek and one of the all-time greatest novels by Entertainment Weekly. He has also won many distinguished prizes, including the Carnegie Medal for The Golden Compass (and the reader-voted "Carnegie of Carnegies" for the best children's book of the past seventy years); the Whitbread (now Costa) Award for The Amber Spyglass; a Booker Prize long-list nomination (The Amber Spyglass); Parents' Choice Gold Awards (The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass); and the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, in honor of his body of work. In 2004, he was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire.
It has recently been announced that The Book of Dust, the much anticipated new book from Mr. Pullman, also set in the world of His Dark Materials, will be published as a major work in three parts, with the first part to arrive in October 2017.  
Philip Pullman is the author of many other much-lauded novels. Other volumes related to His Dark Materials: Lyra’s Oxford, Once Upon a Time in the North, and The Collectors. For younger readers: I Was a Rat!; Count Karlstein; Two Crafty Criminals; Spring-Heeled Jack, and The Scarecrow and His Servant. For older readers: the Sally Lockhart quartet: The Ruby in the Smoke, The Shadow in the North, The Tiger in the Well, and The Tin Princess; The White Mercedes; and The Broken Bridge.
Philip Pullman lives in Oxford, England. To learn more, please visit and Or follow him on Twitter at @PhilipPullman.


Oxford, England

Date of Birth:

October 19, 1946

Place of Birth:

Norwich, England


Exeter College, Oxford University

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Tin Princess 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the best book that I have read in a long time! It was full of life and hope! I enjoyed it very much! I especially loved the part in which she had to carry the flag all the way, it really showed true courage! I loved it so much that I will definitely be reading it again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is the best book i have ever read, then again, i am only fourteen. Anyone who thinks it is too complicated is wrong. I would not say that there is any down-side to this book at all, I really hope he writes more of the Sally Lockhart set.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This whole Sally Lockhart series was wonderful! I've read all of the books over and over! The Tin Princess is so enjoyable! It's my 2nd favorite in the four books (Tiger in the Well is my first). The characters are so fun, and I love the entire story...I can never put it down when I start reading it! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED if you've read the other books!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this is my favorite Pullman book, besides the Dark Materials trilogy.
jasonlf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Fantastic storytelling, highly recommended. This novel is ostensibly a spin-off of the Sally Lockhart trilogy, although it draws little from that series beyond the general atmosphere and a few characters ¿ notably Jim Taylor (now a private detective) and Adelaide (a maid turned Princess turned Queen of Razkavia ¿ a tiny central European kingdom). Sally, now Lockhart Goldberg, also makes brief but important appearances at the beginning and end. But really it should be thought of as a standalone novel.It is a traditional adventure story set in a mountainous kingdom wedged between Germany and Austria-Hungary, both of whom have designs on it. The kingdom itself is a cesspool of intrigue, warring factions in court mirrored in the halls of the university and the street. An Jim, Adelaide, and her tutor Becky Winter, all arrive from London and shake up the kingdom in surprising ways.Perhaps the most important way this diverges from stories in this genre (and I¿m not sure I¿ve read many if any, despite all of it seem pleasantly familiar) is the absence of a they all lived happily ever after ending.
extrajoker on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
first line: "Rebecca Winter, gifted, cheerful, and poor, had lived sixteen years without once seeing a bomb go off."While this addition to the Sally Lockhart series isn't as compelling as those featuring Sally herself, The Tin Princess is still a recommended, entertaining read. And it's Philip Pullman, so of course the characters are well-developed, the story is imaginative, and the writing is top-notch.
Seajack on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Folks have said they didn't care for the story as it doesn't include Sally (except for cameo appearances at the beginning and end). I disagree, preferring it to the two Sally "sequels", which I found rather heavy-handed and political.
lweddle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is listed as a Sally Lockhart Mystery, but Sally isn't really in it. Instead it revolves around her good friend - Jim, a friend from the first book - Adelaide, and a new character - Becky. The other three books in the series complemented each other fabulously, this one seems like a second cousin by marriage. It is full of adventure and political intrigue, but it is nowhere near as powerful as the others. This one is more of a children's book than the last two (which is funny because SFPL has those two in the Children's Room and this one in Teens!) It's more fanciful and definitely not as powerful as the last one I read. I think it would be better as a stand alone novel. It didn't necessarily have to have Sally's friends as characters, they could have been anyone. Okay, maybe Jim. I could see Jim having his own spin-off. Maybe as a graphic novel/"penny dreadful" (someone get ahold of Alan Moore!) But bringing back Adelaide seemed kind of weird. Her character wasn't that strong to me in the first book, she served her purpose well there, but in this... I don't know. Also, I think it is kind of weird that Jim and Adelaide are in love. She was just a kid when they met! Their romance seems forced and it's too much of a shallow copy of Sally's romance with Fred.All in all, I highly recommend the first three: The Ruby In the Smoke, The Shadow In the North, and The Tiger In the Well. Read this one later, when you have some free time and want a fun adventure, but nothing heavy.
MuseofIre on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Moderately successful attempt to go back to the milieu of Philip Pullman's Sally Lockhart trilogy. What I like about Pullman's books is their core of emotional toughness -- there are no easy choices, no safe paths. Jim Taylor, previously one of Sally's sidekicks, here the hero, is a gambler, a private detective, a writer of penny dreadfuls, interested in excitement, danger, and violence -- rather meaty stuff for YAs. The plot resembles The Prisoner of Zenda in its presentation of the political tribulations of an imaginary Mittel European country. Unfortunately, Sally is only present in cameos, and 16-year-old Becky, while fine in her way, is not a compelling substitute; and although entertaining, the character of Adelaide is not remotely plausible.
rachellwin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Becky is a Razkavian ex-pat living in Oxford, England when the incognito prince of Razkavia hires her to be his cockney English wife's tutor. Becky is taken to Razkavia with the prince and his wife when the prince's older brother and wife are killed. Adventure, intrigue, and romance ensue as the cockney queen is charged with running the little Bavarian nation. The plot seems haphazard at points and the intrigue a little predictable, but the adventure is fun, and the romance satisfying. Both Becky and the queen are immensely likable characters, though the story has little to do with Sally Lockhart. Not Pullman's best, but would be a solid addition for older children readers in a public library.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very good, but certain parts were confusing, such as the process of different names being introduced, settings being different.