The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
(The Shades of London)

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New York Times bestseller Maureen Johnson takes on Jack the Ripper in this captivating paranormal thriller!

The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree 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--the only one who can see him. And now Rory has 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.

About Maureen Johnson

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Maureen Johnson is a New York Times bestselling author whose novels include Suite Scarlett, Scarlett Fever, Girl At Sea, 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and The Key To The Golden Firebird. She lives in New York City, but travels to the UK regularly to soak up the drizzle and watch English TV.
Published September 29, 2011 by Putnam Juvenile. 384 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Horror, Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Children's Books. Fiction

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During her senior year of high school, her parents take a job at the University of Bristol and Rory follows them to nearby London to attend boarding school.

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I pointed out that the covers women get and the covers men get are almost universally different, without passing judgment on what covers were good or bad -- because that's subjective.

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Bookshelf Bombshells

This speaks volumes for Johnson’s abilities as an author, because it isn’t until the story makes a U-turn into the paranormal and Rory is actually seeing ghosts, that you realize The Name of the Star is more than a straightforward coming-of-age story.

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Rory, the main character, nearly chokes to death at dinner and is in danger from the Ripper and cut.

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A Patchwork of Books

(stay tuned next week).* There can be rhyme which uses the same vowels (a characteristic known as "assonance") or the same consonants (known oddly enough as "consonance").* There are also semirhymes where one word in the rhyming set has an extra syllable, not to mention half rhymes, pararhymes,...

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Book People's Teen Review

The newest Maureen Johnson is something new and fresh from a well beloved author, and that title is The Name of the Star.

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