Monday, October 17, 2011

Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson Review

”NameName of the Star
By Maureen Johnson

Sept. 20, 2011
Putnam Juvenile, 384 pages
Source: Heidi gave me an extra review copy because she rocks

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper in the autumn of 1888.

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 now believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was 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.

— description

Need a good book for Halloween? Well, good thing you stopped by, because I HAVE THE BOOK FOR YOU.

To start, let me say that Name of the Star is my favorite Maureen Johnson book yet. Didn’t “get” the MJ craze after reading Thirteen Little Blue Envelopes and its sequel? Try this. For serious.

It’s got four elements I know a lot of you love:

1) Boarding school
2) British boys
3) Ghosty things
4) Based on historical events

And it had JUST enough romance to satisfy those who cannot go without it (like me).
The thriller was done so, so well. The constant threat of murder and tension made me feel all like “BOO! THE GHOSTIES ARE GONNA GET YOU!” at all times. Which is the sort of fright you need at least once this time of year, right? This book is definitely worth checking out.

Anna Reads young adult book blog


  1. Yes. So much love!!!! Glad you enjoyed it :)

  2. I need to steal this from you at some point in the near future...

  3. I've actually been saving this one (and Frost) to amplify the Halloweenie mood. I think I'm gonna have to read it soon. Also, Ashes, because everyone says that one will scare off ALL of your pants.


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