Dimensions: 368 Pages, 5.12 × 8.27 × 1.18 in
Published: September 10, 2013
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0805092668
ISBN - 13: 9780805092660
About the Book
Sixteen-year-old Gwen, the newest and final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve, searches through history for the other time-travelers, aided by friend Lesley, James the ghost, Xemerius the gargoyle demon, and Gideon, the Diamond, whose fate seems bound with hers.
Read from the Book
ONE “YOUNG PEOPLE, this is a church! No kissing allowed here!” Startled, I opened my eyes and hastily sat up straight, expecting to see some old-fashioned priest hurrying indignantly toward me with his cassock billowing, all set to deliver a stern lecture. But it wasn’t the priest of this parish church who had disturbed our kiss. It wasn’t a human being at all. The speaker was a small gargoyle crouching in the pew right next to the confessional, as surprised to see me as I was to see him. Although that was hardly possible. Because basically my state of mind couldn’t be called mere surprise. To be honest, my powers of thought had switched off entirely. It had all begun with that kiss. Gideon de Villiers had kissed me—me, Gwyneth Shepherd. Of course I should have wondered why the idea came into his head so suddenly—in a confessional in a church somewhere in Belgravia in the year 1912—just after we’d been running full tilt in headlong flight, and my close-fitting, ankle-length dress with its silly sailor collar kept getting in the way. I could have made analytical comparisons with kisses I’d had from other boys, trying to work out just why Gideon did it so much better. I might also have stopped to remember that there was a wall between us, and a confessional window through which Gideon had squeezed his head and arms, and these were not the ideal conditions for kissing. Quite apart from the fact that I could do wi
From the Publisher
Gwen's life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she
was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle
of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other
time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she's
been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies
surrounding the Circle really mean.
At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley
follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost
teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And
Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he
caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on
everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the
Diamond. One minute he's very warm indeed; the next he's freezing
cold. Gwen's not sure what's going on there, but she's pretty much
destined to find out.
About the Author
Kerstin Gier is the bestselling author of the
Ruby Red trilogy, as well as several popular novels for adults. She
lives in Germany.
Anthea Bell is the foremost translator of
German literature in the world.
"A great recommendation for readers looking for adventure, romance, and historical trivia." -- School Library Journal Praise for Ruby Red : “Gier succeeds on her own terms, keeping the reader moving along, forward and backward in time, and ending with a revelation and a cliffhanger. Both will leave readers anticipating the publication of the next installment, ‘Sapphire Blue.’” — The New York Times Book Review “Humorous, romantic and suspenseful, the plot is fast-paced and impossible to put down. . . . The final romantic cliffhanger will leave you thirsty for the next book in this ‘jewel’ of a series.” — Justine magazine “What makes this such a standout is the intriguingly drawn cast, stars and supporting players both, beginning with Gwen, whose key feature is her utter normality. Adventure, humor, and mystery all have satisfying roles here.” — Booklist , starred review “Gier’s characters and plotting are first-rate, creating an adventure that should leave readers eager for the rest of the trilogy.” — Publishers Weekly “Riveting.” — Kirkus Reviews “The characters in Kerstin Gier’s stellar story come fully to life, and veteran translator Anthea Bell (who translated Cornelia Funke’s Inkheart books) preserves the book’s abundant humor. . . . There’s something here for everyone.”