Staff Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

While attending a London boarding school, Rory, a young American, witnesses a murder committed by a Jack the Ripper copycat. Gradually she figures out that something else weird is going on — she can see people when others can’t.

Why I checked it out: It’s a 2014 Truman Award nominee.

Why I liked this book: It was a fun romp of a mystery with loveable characters. There’s even a logical explanation of why some people can see ghosts and others can’t.

What I didn’t like: I listened to the audiobook, and I have to say that I found the narrator a bit distracting. When Rory’s dialogue was spoken out loud, she was voiced with a distinct Southern accent. However, the accent disappeared when Rory was simply thinking to herself. This shift in narration really threw me off. Though it was still fun to listen to, I think I would recommend reading the print version instead.

Three words that describe this book: mysterious, paranormal and fun.

If you like this book, you might also like… Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake and “City of Bones” by Cassandra Clare.

About Tricia

Spanish teacher by day, librarian by weekend. Audiobook addict and teen lit enthusiast.
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