If you have ever seen, heard, or followed the twitter of Maureen Johnson, you know that she has a different way of viewing the world around her. If you haven’t read any of her books before, The Name of the Star is a good place to start. The story veers from a “normal” plot line of a girl from America going to a British boarding school in London when duplicate Jack the Ripper murders start popping up right around the main character, Rory’s, school.
But of course that’s not the only strange thing happening in this book. The night of the fourth repeat murder, Rory and her roommate sneak out. That night, Rory sees someone nobody else sees; now, she has become the only witness to these Jack the Ripper murders. She soon learns that it’s not that nobody was looking but that she was the only one around with the ability to see this man. Somewhere down the line, Rory gained the ability to see ghosts and now she has seen Jack the Ripper.
With chapters containing snippets from the press and police, this book has a feeling of a crime show mixed with a boarding school adventure mixed with ghosts.
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson; Penguin; paperback $9.99; Ages 12+
Don’t miss the second book in the Shades of London series, The Madness Underneath, coming out February 26, 2013!