The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

    Review by:  Lisa

Title:  The Name of the Star

Author:  Maureen Johnson

Collection:  Teen Books

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.  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.

Fans of Maureen Johnson’s Suite Scarlett series will be as happy as I was to find this latest book by the author.  Like Scarlett, Johnson presents us with a young female protagonist in Rory who is funny, witty, and comes from an interesting family.  Different and quirky, the book is perfect if you are looking for a change of pace from the dystopian-, vampire-, zombie-trends in teen fiction.

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