The Tin Princess

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The Tin Princess
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First edition
Author Philip Pullman
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Series Sally Lockhart series
Genre Juvenile Fiction/ Action & Adventure
Publisher Knopf
Publication date
March 19, 1994
Pages 290
ISBN 0-679-84757-X
OCLC 59317463
Preceded by The Tiger in the Well

The Tin Princess (1994) is a young adult novel by the English author Philip Pullman, part of the Sally Lockhart series.

Plot introduction[edit]

Sixteen-year-old Becky is about to have her life changed. A dramatic explosion is only the start of her incredible adventure. As maid to the cockney Crown Princess (Adelaide of The Ruby in the Smoke, whose fortunes have greatly changed) of Razkavia, a tiny kingdom in Europe, she is plunged into a turmoil of murder and intrigue.


Rebecca 'Becky' Winthers is the first character introduced in the book. She is hired as a language tutor for Adelaide Bevan, but later she becomes a maid, when she accompanied Adelaide to Razkavia. She is born in Razkavia, but has lived in England since she was three with her mother and grandmother, after her father was arrested and later died in prison. Despite having lived in England most of her life, she consider herself a Razkavian citizen.

Adelaide Bevan (later Princess Adelaide of Razkavia and Queen Adelaide of Razkavia) is at the center of the story. She got secretly married to prince Rudolf of Razkavia. After the death of the old king and her husband, she becomes the reigning queen of Razkavia.

Prince Rudolf of Razkavia (briefly King Rudolf of Razkavia) was married to Adelaide Bevan. After the death of his older brother William, he becomes crown prince of Razkavia and returns there with Adelaide, Becky and Jim Taylor. After his father's death, Rudolf gets killed during his own coronation.

TV adaptation[edit]

This book was expected to be made into a TV Movie by the BBC to be aired in December 2009 on BBC1, but as of April 5, 2009, production on The Tiger in the Well (the previous book in the series) had not begun, and so the future of the two remaining adaptations remains unknown.