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The Name of the Star (Shades of London) (edition 2011)

by Maureen Johnson

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Title:The Name of the Star (Shades of London)
Authors:Maureen Johnson
Info:Putnam Juvenile (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
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The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

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    Caramellunacy: For those interested in different takes on Jack the Ripper. Pastworld is a thriller set in a dystopian future where London has been turned into a Victorian-era theme park - complete with an eerie serial killer. Name of the Star is a modern/paranormal take on a new set of Jack the Ripper murders as experienced by an American teen studying abroad in Whitechapel.… (more)

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A young girl comes to a boarding school in London just as a "Jack the Ripper" copycat starts a series of murders right near her school. Rory is the only person who seems to be able to "see" the murderer, and unless she can figure out what to do about it, he's coming after her next. I liked that the book introduced some new ideas to the mythology of ghosts and evil spirits.
The next book in the series is called the Madness Underneath. ( )
  JRlibrary | Jul 24, 2015 |
This was such a good read! Most of the way through, it dawned on me that I was reading a ghost story, but that's totally not how it started. The narrator's voice and intelligent teenage humor were genuine, and I was drawn in. Loved the details of history, of the Underground, of London's Whitechapel area, of the different characters the MC encounters... great stuff! ( )
  MargaretPinardAuthor | May 23, 2015 |
EHRMEGHEEEEERD it is mara dyer-ish I LOVE IT. ( )
  englisherna | Apr 8, 2015 |
Great book, loved the ending and I cannot wait for the next one in the series! ( )
  Verkruissen | Mar 25, 2015 |
This is only the second book I’ve read by Maureen Johnson. The first being The Bermudez Triangle. I enjoyed that book but it wasn’t the best. It made me want to read more of her books but not right away. This one however, I loved. I seriously loved everything about it.

Well maybe not everything. I’m not sure how I feel about the killer. I was just a tiny bit disappointed in that but I guess it makes sense.

This time I do want to read more by her and soon. I need to get my hands on book two, The Madness Underneath.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked. Maybe someday I will re-read The Name of the Star and do a better review. I will probably re-read it when I get books two and three. ( )
  TheBookHoarder | Mar 8, 2015 |
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The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.
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Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

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