Book Trailer! - The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

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The book trailer for Maureen Johnson's upcoming novel The Name of the Star, the first book in the Shades of London trilogy, was released yesterday on Penguin Teen's Facebook page!

I'm so excited for The Name of the Star! I've enjoyed Maureen Johnson's lighter contemporary novels in the past and I can't wait to see the darker side of her brought out when the book comes out. (It's sad that us Canadians have to wait a few extra days for the book to come out...) I'm really liking how the music for the book trailer captures the suspenseful and thrilling feel of the novel too!

Release Date: October 4, 2011
Publisher: Putnam

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 Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.  

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 walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? 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.

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  1. I really love this book trailer! I'm really excited for this book. I loved 13 Little Blue Envelopes, and just as you said, it will be fun to see a new side of her writing!

  2. I know, right? I'm so excited to see what the book will be like! :)

  3. Someone is killing London women and mimicking the gruesome crimes of Jack the Ripper--the notorious killer who terrorized London in the autumn of 1888 without ever being captured or even identified. The modern-day murders leave few leads. Nothing shows up on camera. No one sees anything. Still the murders continue as "Rippermania" grips the city.

    In the midst of the murders something even stranger happens to Rory. She sees a man the night before a body is found on school grounds. Rory knows what she saw. But her roommate was with her and saw nothing. It can't be coincidence. But can it really be the New Ripper?