Title: The Name of the Star
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: September 29, 2011
AR Levels: Interest Level--6th+; Book Level--4.9; Points--14
Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9802372-the-name-of-the-star
In a nutshell: Rory Devaux is a Louisiana teenager who moves to London to attend a boarding school near the college where her parents will be teaching. Shortly after arriving, things get interesting when a series of gruesome murders appear to be a copy of the Jack the Ripper murders from the 1800s. Londoners become hysterical with Rippermania, but Rory knows a little more about what's going on because she's seen the suspected murderer. The strange part is that she's the only person who's seen him, and now he's coming for her.
I'd recommend it for grades: 7th-12th +. This is a great book and a great start to the series!
I'd recommend it to: Anyone with an interest in England and British history and anyone with a love for a good crime thriller.
What I liked most about this book: It didn't drag on like a lot of books, and it wasn't weighed down by awkward teenage love drama. (Don't get me wrong, there's some in the book, but it was far from the main focus!)
Single favorite moment (without getting spoiler-y): I love a good reference to the 90s, so I laughed quite a bit when Rory and her friends went to a Halloween party dressed as the Spice Girls, complete with a stick with a wig to represent Posh.
Star rating (where 5 stars is awesome and 0 stars is atrocious): 5 stars, hands down!