The Name of the StareBook - 2011
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Chapel_Hill_MarthaW May 21, 2017
This was a super-readable teen paranormal thriller – not necessarily two genres that I completely gravitate towards, but in this case it really worked for me. The London boarding school setting drew me in, and Johnson makes good use of the history of London and its geography, plus all the mytholo... Read More »
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Jane Grey, a fifteen year old with an unpredictable, alcoholic mother, never expected that an AP history project would take her over five hundred years into the past. As Jane unloads her bag of library books on her namesake Lady Jane Grey-the nine days queen- she finds a small curious book she doesn’t remember checking out. Upon opening it she is transported to the Tower of London face to face with its prisoner Lady Jane Grey. Now on top of dealing with her mom, her friends, and Tom (the guy she likes) Jane tries to come up with a plan to save Lady Jane who has quickly become one of her closest friends. Will she be able to change the past while keeping her footing in the present?
The name of the Star is about Aurora "Rory" Deveaux, a girl from Louisiana, who chooses to spend a year in London at a boarding school called Wexford. On the day she arrives in London, a woman is murdered in the exact place, time, day, and way as the first Jack the Ripper murder from 1888. Soon more murders occur corresponding with the original dates of the Jack the Ripper "legend" in the same gruesomely way and London with its extensive CCTV cameras does not have a clue to who the culprit is. On the night of one of the murders, Rory sees a man. A man that her roommate does not see. Rory finds herself as the only person to have seen "the murder". Strange things start happening to Rory pulling her in to the midst of London's greatest mystery. It is up to Rory and her new found friends and the mysterious Shades of London to stop the Jack the Ripper copycat from killing the innocent.
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