My Grandfather Jack the Ripper by Claudio Apone

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HERODIAS is pleased to introduce Andy Dobson, the loafing, lying, and thoroughly lovable clairvoyant thirteen year old from London's East End. As Andy and his good friend, Lucy Catlett, solve one of the world's greatest unsolved mysteries, they are sure to make their way into the hearts of countless teens and adult readers on both sides of the Atlantic. Italian sensation Claudio Apone has created a kind of young adult fiction that is intelligent, provocative, frighteningly violent, totally real, and, by turns, delightfully funny.

Thirteen-year-old Andy is looked-after attractive, but out-to-lunch mum, Emma, the innkeeper of the Jack-in-the-Box, the lowly East End boarding house that has been in the Dobson family for generations-all the way back to the time of Jack the Ripper, who murdered his last victim in Room 4, just upstairs from Andy's bedroom. The dusty, dilapidated, and totally creepy boarding house is now occupied by an assortment of misfits and crazies: Miss Carla Cooper, a beautiful Jamaican who says she is a hostess for British Airways; Hugo Drabber, an eccentric, over-fed gentleman whose hobby is building and flying kites; and Andy's Granddad, Bob, a flaming alcoholic who is an unending source of stories about Andy's family and the lore of the Jack-in-the-Box.

Andy and Lucy befriend a newly-arrived boarder, Massimo, a chain-smoking, music-loving Italian graduate student who has come to London in hopes of finding new clues to Jack the Ripper's unsolved crimes. As this astonishing and bloodcurdling adventure unfolds, Massimo helps Andy enhance his clairvoyant gift to travel back in time to solve the grisly murder of Mary Kelly, the final victim of Jack the Ripper-who may have been Andy's great-great-Grandfather! But upon his return to the present, Andy is faced with another, more personally devastating crime. We are kept on the edge of our seats as the story takes some surprising and frightening turns before well-being is finally restored to the Dobson household.

My Grandfather Jack the Ripper has created a stir in Italy, where Claudio Apone has generated a cult following among teens. Young readers will be fascinated with its historical subject, and intrigued by its open treatment of a variety of adult themes that are sure to stimulate much discussion between parent and child, between friends, and among readers everywhere.


About Claudio Apone

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Apone is an Italian novelist, screenwriter, and author.
Published September 1, 2000 by Herodias. 200 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Bound to an armchair and injected with the drug, Andy travels into the past and witnesses the events surrounding the Ripper's last killing, a crime described in grisly detail.

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