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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 work of 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 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, what is he planning to do about her?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.
"Nice touches about friendship, kissing, research and the way a boy's curls might touch his collar fully integrate with a clear-eyed look at a pitiless killer."
From the Publisher
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.
Maureen Johnson has published numerous novels, contributed short stories to devilish collections, and even written for the Harry Potter video games. With NAME OF THE STAR, Johnson introduces readers to a captivating young heroine, setting the stage for what is likely to be a successful series. When Rory Deveaux moves from Louisiana to London to start at a boarding school, she knows her life is about to change. But how and why, she could never have expected. The day she arrives a rash of strange murders bloody the British streets. Someone, with methods suspiciously similar to those of Jack the Ripper, is on a spree. Despite the number of police working on the case, no one seems to have a lead on who the murder could be. Rory, however, saw someone matching the perpetrator's description, but she can't figure out why her roommate, who was with her at the time, didn't see the man, as well.