The Name of the Star
By: Maureen Johnson
I picked up this book at BEA quite on happenstance. Having never read one of Maureen Johnson's books (I know...), I really wasn't sure what to expect. Maureen was very kind in the signing line, and even did a short interview for me for Armchair BEA. She also sent me an email after the signing thanking me for coming by. Very classy.
Rory Deveaux arrives in London to attend boarding school on the day that a series of gruesome murders occur that mimic the historic "Jack the Ripper" killings. In the beginning, Rory only watches the seemingly interesting spectacle from afar, being busy with school, learning a new culture, and all. But, she is soon tossed right into the thick of things as being the only person to see the suspected killer.
Since picking up Name of the Star at BEA, I did read 13 Little Blue Envelopes since it had a brief free stint for e-book. And, I've decided that the thing I particularly enjoy about Maureen's writing is her descriptions of locations and cultures. The Name of the Star takes place at a London boarding school, and like another boarding school that I am so fond of (Hogwarts), I really wished that I could be there, taking double periods of
There is a tad bit of violence in the book that younger readers may find unsavory. There is also some underage drinking among the students. (Though it isn't underage in England, and everything they do is perfectly legal).
If you like Maureen Johnson's previous work, reading about foreign lands (if you don't live in England, of course), and ghost stories, definitely pick this one up.