Ripper by Stefan Petrucha

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Panic grips the city!
There is a killer loose in New York City, and Carver Young is the only one who sees the startling connection between the recent string of murders and the most famous serial killer in history: Jack the Ripper. Time is winding down until the killer claims another victim, but Carver soon sees that, to The Ripper, this is all a game that he may be destined to lose.

“Petrucha’s story hits the ground running and doesn’t let up…”—Publisher’s Weekly
“A rollicking story full of cannot-put-it-down twists an turns.” —VOYA
“A well-crafted romp through yesteryear’s New York.” —Kirkus Reviews

About Stefan Petrucha

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STEFAN PETRUCHA lives in Amherst, MA with his wife and daughters.
Published March 1, 2012 by Speak. 434 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction

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Grandmother's attempt to teach Abbie responsibility by making her work at the charity hospital backfires when the girl becomes increasingly interested in the welfare of its prostitute patients.

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For 14-year-old Carver Young, growing up as an orphan in 1895 New York isn't easy, though it gives him plenty of opportunities to practice lock picking, sleuthing and eavesdropping.

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Publishers Weekly

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Petrucha (Split) breathes new life into the oft-visited Jack the Ripper genre, transporting the killer to New York City and using some well-chosen historical figures to flesh out the tale.

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Using the resources that are available, which include futuristic gadgets and a stocked library, the skills he learned in the orphanage (lock-picking), and the help of Delia, another orphan who was “adopted” by a newspaper reporter, Carver embarks on a scavenger hunt that will forever change is life.

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“The story careens along from the very beginning to the last page. Ripper is filled with action, engaging dialogue, likeable characters, and a bevy of steampunk gadgets sure to appeal to the mechanically and technologically leaning. Ripper is hard to put down—so prepare yourself for a few scary n...

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Headmistress Miss Petty has made some arrangements for Prospective Parents Day and is hopeful that the orphans will find new homes.For the time being, Carver has been able to access some of his files --- because of his great skill at opening locks.

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The Daily Fig

More attention to the steampunk or mystery elements would have made Ripper a ripping read.

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