Teen Book Club

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Ripper by Stefan Petrucha (2 reviews)

Brooke,  15
Stefan Petrucha
Ripper 2012

Ripper was such a great book. It was a mystery involving the well known killer Jack the Ripper. In this book Carver an orphan boy his whole life one day discovers a letter he believes is from his father. Carver is very much interested in becoming a detective and when he gets adopted by a famous detective Carver is given his chance to work on his own case involving the identity of his father. As the book goes along murders are happening in New York City and Carver thinks that it is the real Jack Ripper. It was so good and I could not put it down. 

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

Hope P..  17
Stefan Petrucha
Philomel Books 2012

Fourteen year old Carver Young has never known anything other than the orphanage. In 1895 New York, that’s all he really needs. He spends his time reading detective stories and trying to solve mysteries around his fellow orphans, dreaming of the day when he turns eighteen and can make his own way. But one day it all changes; the orphanage is closing and he has to find someone to adopt him. Cue the eccentric Mr. Hawking, a retired Pinkerton’s agent who might not be as retired as he claims. He adopts Carver and begins to teach him how to be a private detective, even showing him the semi-secret organization called the New Pinkertons. They agree to train Carver, even helping him solve the biggest mystery of his life- who his father was. But as things progress, he begins to wonder if things are exactly as they seem. Murders are starting to occur with alarming frequency, looking strangely similar to the legendary ”Ripper” killings in London just a few years before. Young and Hawking begin to investigate, tangling with the killer, running into Teddy Roosevelt and learning to respect each other. As Carver goes on with the case, he starts to realize he has a connection to the killer‚ And he may not want to know how or why.   This novel was a quick read, but by no means simple. There was a depth of character, twists, turns, genuine mystery and a dash of steampunk thrown in for good measure. It will keep the reader engaged and cheering for the hero through every dark alley, fist fight, suspenseful clue and humorous piece of dialogue. A definite recommendation for anyone who loves mystery, a spunky protagonist, or a book that will continue to surprise you. This  novel is one that you can’t rip your attention away from.

Rating: 5 Hard to imagine a better book

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