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ISBN13: 9780142422052
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For Cleo Berry, the people dying of the Spanish Influenza in cities like New York and Philadelphia may as well be in another country--that's how far away they feel from the safety of Portland, Oregon. And then cases start being reported in the Pacific Northwest. Schools, churches, and theaters shut down. The entire city is thrust into survival mode--and into a panic. Headstrong and foolish, seventeen-year-old Cleo is determined to ride out the pandemic in the comfort of her own home, rather than in her quarantined boarding school dorms. But when the Red Cross pleads for volunteers, she can't ignore the call. As Cleo struggles to navigate the world around her, she is surprised by how much she finds herself caring about near-strangers. Strangers like Edmund, a handsome medical student and war vet. Strangers who could be gone tomorrow. And as the bodies begin to pile up, Cleo can't help but wonder: when will her own luck run out?

   Riveting and well-researched, A Death-Struck Year is based on the real-life pandemic considered the most devastating in recorded world history. Readers will be captured by the suspenseful storytelling and the lingering questions of: what would I do for a neighbor? At what risk to myself?

   An afterword explains the Spanish flu phenomenon, placing it within the historical context of the early 20th century. Source notes are extensive and interesting.

A Spring 2014 Indies Introduce New Voices selection

Synopsis:

A deadly pandemic, a budding romance, and the heartache of loss make for a stunning coming-of-age YA debut about the struggle to survive during the 1918 flu.

Synopsis:

Grade 9 Up–Johnson begins this exceptional novel in a lightweight fashion but quickly segues into more serious issues that affect the three young women who make up the Bermudez Triangle. It is the summer before their senior year in Saratoga Springs, NY. At first, organized, serious Nina has trouble adjusting to her leadership workshop at Stanford University. Although she desperately misses Avery and Mel, who are waitresses at a restaurant back home, she quickly falls head over heels for eco-warrior Steve, who has grown up in a commune on the West Coast–so different from Nina's secure middle-class experience. When she returns to New York, she immediately senses that Mel and Avery are keeping secrets and soon discovers that they have become lovers. Rocked to the core, Nina wishes them happiness, but feels excluded and lonely, especially as her long-distance relationship begins to deteriorate. As is typical for teens, the girls obsess ad nauseam over their romantic relationships. Yet this narrow focus lends authenticity to the narrative, and readers become drawn into the characters' lives as they stumble toward adulthood, fall in and out of love, enlarge their circle of friends, and rethink their values.

Synopsis:

The thrilling third installment to the Edgar-nominated, bestselling series

 

Rory and her friends are reeling from a series of sudden and tragic events. While racked with grief, Rory tries to determine if she acted in time to save a member of the squad. If she did, how do you find a ghost? Also, Rorys classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organization. Evidence is uncovered of a forty-year-old cult, ten missing teenagers, and a likely mass murder. Everything indicates that Charlottes in danger, and it seems that something much bigger and much more terrible is coming.

Time is running out as Rory fights to find her friends and the ghost squad struggles to stop Jane from unleashing her spectral nightmare on the entire city. In the process, theyll discover the existence of an organization that underpins London itself—and Rory will learn that someone she trusts has been keeping a tremendous secret.

 

About the Author

Maureen Johnson is the author of many young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Let It Snow. She lives in New York City.

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elyse.castles, June 21, 2014 (view all comments by elyse.castles)
I LOVE THIS BOOK! I was unable to put this book down. Every page was a cliff hanger, and I kept telling my self that she was going to die the whole way through this book. I have read this book four times so far, and the same with the second book, Madness Underneath. I am anxiously waiting for September 16th when the third book comes out. Everyone needs to reed this book.
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moluv26, June 16, 2014 (view all comments by moluv26)
This book is amazing! The fact that it has British people excited. I am always fascinated by books, but this was different. I can't even put it into words it's just so good. You need to read it,NOW!
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Beverly B, February 13, 2013 (view all comments by Beverly B)
The Name of the Star is a cross between Ghost Hunters and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, only in this suspenseful creepy thriller, the young adults are hunting evil ghosts instead of vampires. They have no cool weapons, high tech equipment or martial arts training. In fact, they barely have any training at all. When they are assigned to protect American teen Rory, the only witness who can identify a ghost replicating the murders of Jack the Ripper, they are overwhelmed by the responsibility. Rory, from a long line of eccentric Louisiana natives, just wants to fit in and make friends at her new boarding school, but she is experiencing major culture shock. Being the only student who can see the numerous ghosts wandering around the neighborhoods surrounding campus doesn't help matters. The non-evil ghosts were some of the more interesting characters. Hopefully, in the future books in this series, the ghosts will have bigger parts. Many of the events in The Name of the Star are predictable and unoriginal, but the action comes quick and builds up to a nail-biting crisis and climax. There is just enough teen angst, romance and humor mixed in to hold the attention of readers who normally don't like stories of the supernatural. This series will be wildly popular and probably a TV series on one of the stations that targets a YA audience.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142422052
Author:
Johnson, Maureen
Publisher:
Speak
Author:
Lucier, Makiia
Subject:
Situations / General
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Situations / Dating & Sex
Subject:
Girls & Women
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
Children s-Scary Stories
Subject:
Situations / Friendship
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
The Shades of London
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
20121031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7 up to 12
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.5 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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"Synopsis" by ,

A deadly pandemic, a budding romance, and the heartache of loss make for a stunning coming-of-age YA debut about the struggle to survive during the 1918 flu.

"Synopsis" by ,

Grade 9 Up–Johnson begins this exceptional novel in a lightweight fashion but quickly segues into more serious issues that affect the three young women who make up the Bermudez Triangle. It is the summer before their senior year in Saratoga Springs, NY. At first, organized, serious Nina has trouble adjusting to her leadership workshop at Stanford University. Although she desperately misses Avery and Mel, who are waitresses at a restaurant back home, she quickly falls head over heels for eco-warrior Steve, who has grown up in a commune on the West Coast–so different from Nina's secure middle-class experience. When she returns to New York, she immediately senses that Mel and Avery are keeping secrets and soon discovers that they have become lovers. Rocked to the core, Nina wishes them happiness, but feels excluded and lonely, especially as her long-distance relationship begins to deteriorate. As is typical for teens, the girls obsess ad nauseam over their romantic relationships. Yet this narrow focus lends authenticity to the narrative, and readers become drawn into the characters' lives as they stumble toward adulthood, fall in and out of love, enlarge their circle of friends, and rethink their values.

"Synopsis" by ,
The thrilling third installment to the Edgar-nominated, bestselling series

 

Rory and her friends are reeling from a series of sudden and tragic events. While racked with grief, Rory tries to determine if she acted in time to save a member of the squad. If she did, how do you find a ghost? Also, Rorys classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organization. Evidence is uncovered of a forty-year-old cult, ten missing teenagers, and a likely mass murder. Everything indicates that Charlottes in danger, and it seems that something much bigger and much more terrible is coming.

Time is running out as Rory fights to find her friends and the ghost squad struggles to stop Jane from unleashing her spectral nightmare on the entire city. In the process, theyll discover the existence of an organization that underpins London itself—and Rory will learn that someone she trusts has been keeping a tremendous secret.

 

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