Ripper
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Ripper

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by Stefan Petrucha
     
 

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You thought you knew him. You were dead wrong.

Carver Young dreams of becoming a detective, despite growing up in an orphanage with only crime novels to encourage him. But when he is adopted by Detective Hawking of the world famous Pinkerton Agency, Carver is given not only the chance to find his biological father, he finds himself smack in the middle of a

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You thought you knew him. You were dead wrong.

Carver Young dreams of becoming a detective, despite growing up in an orphanage with only crime novels to encourage him. But when he is adopted by Detective Hawking of the world famous Pinkerton Agency, Carver is given not only the chance to find his biological father, he finds himself smack in the middle of a real life investigation: tracking down a vicious serial killer who has thrown New York City into utter panic. When the case begins to unfold, however, it's worse than he could have ever imagined, and his loyalty to Mr. Hawking and the Pinkertons comes into question. As the body count rises and the investigation becomes dire, Carver must decide where his true loyalty lies. Full of whip-smart dialogue, kid-friendly gadgets, and featuring a then New York City Police Commissioner Teddy Roosevelt, Ripper challenges everything you thought you knew about the world's most famous serial killer.

Praise for RIPPER

“Pacing is smooth, blending coming-of-age with mystery and action. [A] well-crafted romp through yesteryear’s New York.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This exhilarating, history-bending, nonstop action story crowded with mind puzzles, chases, fight scenes, and intricate plot twists will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page’s final revelation.”—Horn Book

“Petrucha’s story hits the ground running and doesn’t let up...”—Publisher's Weekly

“Plenty of action and suspense to keeps teens reading.”—School Library Journal

“A rollicking story full of cannot-put-it down twists and turns.”—VOYA

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Petrucha (Split) breathes new life into the oft-visited Jack the Ripper genre, transporting the killer to New York City and using some well-chosen historical figures to flesh out the tale. In 1895, seven years after the Ripper’s killing spree in England, 14-year-old Carver Young’s place in an orphanage is threatened due to financial crises, and he becomes apprenticed to a Pinkerton agent, Albert Hawking. Carver gets caught up in the politics of the agency and the rise of a mysterious murderer in New York City, one whose motif resembles that of the famous killer, and whose writing style implies that he might be Carver’s long-missing father. Along with fellow orphan (and aspiring journalist) Delia, Carver investigates the case and his own background. Petrucha’s story hits the ground running and doesn’t let up, the brisk pace making the inevitable twists effective; he also incorporates some fun steampunk-style gadgetry (an author’s note discusses his choices). Appearances by the Pinkertons, the Ripper, and then New York City police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt add flair to the historical setting. Ages 12–up. Agent: Joe Veltre, the Veltre Company. (Mar.)
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Praise for RIPPER

“Pacing is smooth, blending coming-of-age with mystery and action. [A] well-crafted romp through yesteryear’s New York.”—Kirkus Reviews

“This exhilarating, history-bending, nonstop action story crowded with mind puzzles, chases, fight scenes, and intricate plot twists will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page’s final revelation.”—Horn Book

“Petrucha’s story hits the ground running and doesn’t let up...”—Publisher's Weekly

“Plenty of action and suspense to keeps teens reading.”—School Library Journal

“A rollicking story full of cannot-put-it down twists and turns.”—VOYA

Children's Literature - Toni Jourdan
It is 1895 and Carver Young has spent his whole life at the Ellis Orphanage, but now he is fourteen and the orphanage is relocating and only taking the younger children. Carver has never been told about who his parents might be and when he breaks into his file it is empty except for a note dated July 1889 mentioning a sharp knife, a woman dying too quickly and a bet that a son will share an interest in his father's "job." Carver finds himself "adopted" by a Detective Hawking from the Pinkerton Agency. A moody man that calls Blackwell Asylum home and who introduces Carver to a secret crime solving agency, as well as to New York City police commissioner, Teddy Roosevelt. Carver pieces together a timeline, an anagram type game regarding names, and a trip to Ellis Island to finally realize, to his surprise, that his father is the notorious killer, Jack the Ripper, who is now in New York murdering young socialites and leaving a trail of breadcrumb bodies for his son. With a mixture of history and fiction the writer weaves a tale that succinctly employs gadgets from the turn of the century such as the Alfred Beach Pneumatic Subway, the phonograph and the Analytical Engine, a sort of Google for the 1800s. A well-written adventurous journey that places you smack dab into the history of the first famous serial killer, employing twists, turns, and some minor violence. All the while placing the Ripper in a tale of a young boy searching for his past. Inevitably Carver must ask himself whether it is better to never know who your parents are or to find out that you have a murderer's blood coursing through your veins. Reviewer: Toni Jourdan
VOYA - Kaitlyn Connors
Left at an orphanage as an infant, Carver Young has no knowledge of his family history. As the orphanage plans to move, all children over the age of eight must find homes. Carver, obsessed with mysteries and detective stories, is fortunate enough to become the apprentice of Mr. Hawking, a master detective who works for a secret agency. At the same time, new murder cases are popping up around New York City, eerily similar to those of Jack the Ripper. Carver and his friends must uncover the truth about his family which may have more to do with Jack the Ripper than he could ever imagine. Set in London in the late 1800s, this is a rollicking story full of cannot-put-it down twists and turns. While evidence from the very beginning points to Jack the Ripper being Carver's father, the shocking ending will leave every amateur sleuth stunned. While history is heavily fictionalized in the novel, it is extremely entertaining and thought-provoking. Stefan Petrucha even offers notes on key historical elements and how they diverge from real events in the back of the book. Carver Young is an inspiring character, full of determination and gumption. His bravery and actions have the reader cheering him on every step of the way. The whole novel is an innovative approach to historical events and finally gives a name and a face to one of the most notorious murderers of all time. Teens and adults alike will find this a fascinating and exciting story. Reviewer: Kaitlyn Connors
School Library Journal
Gr 6–10—Petrucha combines historical fiction with a classic detective story and even some hints of steampunk. He paints a detailed picture of late-19th-century New York, featuring reform-minded police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt and Pinkerton Detectives. Carver Young is desperate for information about his father—desperate enough to risk death-by-meat-cleaver (a not so subtle allusion to the Sword of Damocles) and break into the orphanage's files. For his efforts he is rewarded with a single, cryptic, hand-written page from his father. The would-be sleuth then begins an exciting investigation that takes him all over New York City, from the sewers to high-society soirees, from an insane asylum to an underground crime lab, and from the relative safety and boredom of the orphanage to life-or-death, high-speed chases. Could Jack the Ripper really be Carver's father and is the teen up to the task of catching him? While the dialogue is sometimes inconsistent, there is plenty of action and suspense to keeps teens reading. Fans of Arthur Slade's "The Hunchback Assignments" (Random) will tear through this one.—Anthony C. Doyle, Livingston High School, CA
Kirkus Reviews
Has Jack the Ripper moved across the Atlantic to terrorize Gilded Age New York City? For 14-year-old Carver Young, growing up as an orphan in 1895 New York isn't easy, though it gives him plenty of opportunities to practice lock picking, sleuthing and eavesdropping. When he's chosen as an apprentice by Pinkerton detective Albert Hawking, Carver finds boundless opportunities to learn the detective trade, especially when he assists Hawking on the hunt for a serial killer in New York City. Carver dives into the case, turning to Delia, his best friend from the orphanage, for assistance with research, as her adoptive parents have access to the archives of The New York Times. As the clues mount, Carver discovers the killer might be Jack the Ripper, and that Jack may have a clue to Carver's parents. Petrucha does an excellent job developing historic New York as a character in the city, though a map or two would not be amiss. Well-rounded characters, both teen and adult, help to gloss over occasional lapses in the credibility of the dialogue. Pacing is smooth, blending coming-of-age with mystery and action. While some may guess the plot twist, Petrucha nonetheless provides both a well-crafted romp through yesteryear's New York and an enticing companion for it. (Historical mystery. 12-15)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142424186
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
04/04/2013
Pages:
432
Sales rank:
342,149
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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From the Publisher

Praise for RIPPER

“Pacing is smooth, blending coming-of-age with mystery and action. [A] well-crafted romp through yesteryear’s New York.”--Kirkus Reviews

“This exhilarating, history-bending, nonstop action story crowded with mind puzzles, chases, fight scenes, and intricate plot twists will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the last page’s final revelation.”--Horn Book

“Petrucha’s story hits the ground running and doesn’t let up...”--Publisher's Weekly

“Plenty of action and suspense to keeps teens reading.”--School Library Journal

“A rollicking story full of cannot-put-it down twists and turns.”--VOYA

Meet the Author

Stefan Petrucha (www.petrucha.com) lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, with his wife and daughters.

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BooksWithBite More than 1 year ago
I am not at all in mysteries thrillers. But this book took me to a whole other reading level that I really enjoyed!! What got me hooked on this book? Well the unique plot. I love stories about Jack the Ripper. To read a book based on a kid searching for clues to the killer is super cool! It's makes me feel all Nancy Drew again. With this book I just wanted to get underneath the covers of by bed with a flashlight, dash into the past and follow the clues of Carver Young. The plot, hand downs AWESOME! The mystery of the book is super cool. I love it when an author can take me on an adventure of searching, questioning, accusing, etc. It's give me great joy to be in the loop with the characters going along with them. It's so much fun! There was a bit of a crush interest. No love, no hardcore flirting just pure admiration. And that folks was enough to make me smile. I loved the loyalty they had to each other and the friendship they have is strong. The ENDING! I mean wow! Really just WOW! I did not see that! Well done Mr. Petrucha. You certainly knock me off my feet with such a fantastic ending! I have no idea. The ending is a shocker. I can tell you that much. Ripper is an engrossing thriller that leaves you chilled to the bone. The conspiracy driven-drama dives the reader deeper into a world of adventure that you never want to leave. Exhilarating and exciting, Ripper is a great read!
KeyesToSuccess More than 1 year ago
"Ripper" by Stephan Petrucha is a fantastic novel that is filled with intense mystery and suspense but is also partly historical fiction.  The entire book is full of a suspenseful tone that keeps readers on their toes and they will never know what will happen next.  Carver Young is the protagonist in this novel and he hunts down Jack the Ripper the entire book.  You never really know when the book will have a sudden plot twist so the mood is very spooky. Carver has only a few friends.  His friends from the orphanage are Delia and Finn.  His mentor is Mr. Hawking and his “boss” is Mr. Tudd.  Also, Teddy Roosevelt and his daughter Alice are big characters in this novel.  I suggest that anyone over the age of 12 to read this book.  It is a family book and is one of my favorite books that I have ever had to read for school.  It has plenty of action packed into the novel as well as mystery solving which is why I enjoyed the novel so much.  This book as a whole can teach many life lessons and I definitely would agree that this book needs to be read by everyone who hasn’t read it already.  It has a storyline that will amaze anyone. To be more specific, I especially like the final twists that Petrucha put in the end of the novel, as well as the slight love that is seen between Delia and Carver.  If I were to write my own novel I would try to incorporate Petrucha’s style of writing because he did such a great job with this book that I don’t think there is anything that should be changed or improved about it.   I believe that the best time to read it is when you are a teenager like me, which is the time that most people are into mystery books like the “Ripper”.
DevinMcCormick More than 1 year ago
Ripper by Stefan Petrucha combines historical fiction with suspense, in a thrilling mystery story.  Petrucha creates an ominous, suspenseful tone, as the reader experiences the exciting hunt for the killer from the third person point of view.  The mood is very on edge, as the story can take a twist at any moment.  The main characters are Carver Young, an orphan in search of his father, his mentor, Mr. Hawking, and his childhood friends, Delia and Finn.  The book is intended for a young adult audience or anyone who is looking for a thrilling mystery.  The novel also provides historical facts on the way that make it educational.   I really enjoyed reading this book.  I was assigned it for school, which usually is not a good sign, but this book in particular was exciting and kept me wanting to read more.  I think the author did a wonderful job of keeping the reader intrigued, which was the purpose of the novel.  I think he managed to maintain interest with twists, but at the same time, not go overboard.    Specifically, I liked how things frequently tied together.  I do not enjoy it when books contain a lot of "fluff" and provide irrelevant information.  The only thing that I did not enjoy was that the second book has yet to be released!  I cannot wait!  The author did a magnificent job of creating a perfect mystery world while still being realistic.  The novel had a great balance of characters, plot, and suspense.  I think that the story might have been improved slightly if it took a look at the lives of some of the other characters.  I would have liked to have known what was going through the minds of Delia and Finn while Carver was on his detective journey, because I know it would really make me think. Devin McCormick 6th Period
gracie_the_great More than 1 year ago
I don't read very many mysteries but Ripper was wonderful! This could be the next Sherlock Holmes if he keeps writing. The story takes so many twists that just when you think you have it all figured out, the most crazy twist ever happens and sends you reeling! It was so amazing and I couldn't put it down. I really hope he writes more. I also loved the historical element. That made it seem real.
Ally6 More than 1 year ago
"Ripper" by Stefan Petrucha is a thrilling mystery that builds a serious and suspenseful tone with each page read. The third-person point of view continues the suspenseful mood that will have you on the edge of your seat tearing through each page until the end. The main character Carver Young, a 14 year old orphan child who is getting kicked out of Ellis Orphanage, is now on a mission to find his father. Additional characters include adoptee/mentor Albert Hawking, Police commissioner Teddy Roosevelt, and his childhood friends, Delia and Finn, from the orphanage who help and support him on his journey to find his father. Generally, I absolutely loved this book! I actually didn't have to force my self to read this book that my teacher assigned, surprisingly I actually looked forward to reading it everyday. I do in fact agree with the main theme/purpose of the novel. Determination and courage can be found even in anyone who is in the most vulnerable of places. The gained suspense throughout the whole novel made it the most interesting, literally there is not one part of the novel that looses it's suspense. Additionally, Petrucher develops the novel around historical accuracies of the serial murder of 1888, Jack the Ripper, which for me helped me connect more to the fictional scenario. The author did an amazing job by continuing twist after twist, surprising the reader with ever turn. She actually made it really simple to understand the message and the characters by using such simple language, which made it simple to read. The only negative aspect of the novel was the cliffhanger, I'm the type of person who has to know what happens to the characters after the "big reveal", but all in all this novel was a great read. I strongly recommend it to any reader over the age of 12 who is fascinated with historical murder and a thrilling ride!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A different kind of "who done it" and why
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An Interesting Novel…A must read for all ages!! ***contains spoilers*** Do you love books that keep you thinking?? Then this is the book for YOU! The Ripper is a novel by Stefan Petrucha. The main theme of this novel is for a teen male to find his biological father and find out his profession. I personally loved Stefan’s Work it will definitely keep you on your feet that for sure! The moment you believe you are finally figuring out who the teenagers father is you will be challenged even more. The novel is based on a serial killer in 1888 known as “Jack the Ripper’’. He was serial killer who killed a number of poor prostitutes in East London. The killings took place within a mile from each other. The name originates from a letter written by an individual who claims to be the famous serial killer at the times of the murders. This book is great for all ages from middle schoolers to adults who enjoy suspense/mystery. The Ripper classifies as a Historical Suspense Fiction Book. I’m a junior in High School reading this in my advanced history class. Petrucha writes this in a serious yet cautious, suspenseful tone. Wrote in third person point of view. Third person point of view is when the author uses words like he, they or she. The author makes you feel as if you are a part of the story. The main character is Carver Young a young teen male. Carver was kicked out of Ellis Orphanage; it was the only home he had ever known. Before being kicked out, he goes into his confidential file to find information on his parents. Carver comes upon a letter written by his father containing his signature Jay Cusack. The letter interprets he is alive and has skills using a knife. Carver Young’s mentor or guardian Albert Hawking is a detective, for the world famous detective agency Pinkerton.Hawking helps him find his biological father. HAWKING IS HIS FATHER!!! I thoroughly enjoy this read. As I said before it kept you on your feet with unexpected happenings. Stefan Petrucha did an excellent job on this novel once you start this fabulous read you will not want to put it down till the end. The novel should remain as it is it is although I wouldn’t mind a sequel to tell what will happen now since he knows his father. Will he or his friends be murdered??! What Happened to his mother?? Hope you buy this novel and enjoy this intriguing novel as much as I did!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Rippper is a mysterious, crime solving novel that keeps the readers mind bottling ready to pop at any moment. The mystery keeps a very informal tone with the reader to assist their ability to follow along, and to reassure their focus. the main characters in the book and thought up to relate to any normal, daily person in an average life, which makes the ripper compelling to the readers imagination. Carter, HH Homes, Alllan Pinkerton, and Nellie Billy all play an extreme role in the book creating a fine, crime solving plot to assure the readers thoughts will be running wild. The audience attends to people of thinking, wondering minds. In general, the book appealed to my terms of thinking and kept my toes curled. The purpose fit the plot well, and was easy to follow along which interested me; making the story line easy to understand, and enjoy. The idea of Carter being a misfit and compelling to other orphans created a sense of uncertainty to the story as the story line unfolds to reveal the 'accidents' of his mother an father. The author explained the story simply, and kept the audience tuned in and exciting to turn to the next page. Improvements of the characters were kept as little ad did not grasp attention for any new detail that would help support the authors main goals of the story. The Ripper is an audience appealing novel, and should be an encouraged read for all ages!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Rippper is a mysterious, crime solving novel that keeps the readers mind bottling ready to pop at any moment. The mystery keeps a very informal tone with the reader to assist their ability to follow along, and to reassure their focus. the main characters in the book and thought up to relate to any normal, daily person in an average life, which makes the ripper compelling to the readers imagination. Carter, HH Homes, Alllan Pinkerton, and Nellie Billy all play an extreme role in the book creating a fine, crime solving plot to assure the readers thoughts will be running wild. The audience attends to people of thinking, wondering minds. In general, the book appealed to my terms of thinking and kept my toes curled. The purpose fit the plot well, and was easy to follow along which interested me; making the story line easy to understand, and enjoy. The idea of Carter being a misfit and compelling to other orphans created a sense of uncertainty to the story as the story line unfolds to reveal the 'accidents' of his mother an father. The author explained the story simply, and kept the audience tuned in and exciting to turn to the next page. Improvements of the characters were kept as little ad did not grasp attention for any new detail that would help support the authors main goals of the story. The Ripper is an audience appealing novel, and should be an encouraged read for all ages!
Nicole_Jones More than 1 year ago
Ripper by Stephan Petrucha is a thrilling murder mystery novel with an audience of all ages.  It takes places from the point of view of 15 year old Carver young, an orphan at the Ellis orphanage. However, when Carver gets suspicions of who is Dad is he sets off on an adventure to discover who he is. Because of this rapid plot it sets the tone and mood to be very action packed and thrilling. Within the story there are about three main characters. Of course, Carver himself but also his sidekick Delia and a man by the name of Mr. Hawking. Delia is a bright young girl who Carver had grown up with in the Ellis Orphanage. She is the only person who Carver can truly trust. Hawking is the man who adopts Carver from Ellis Orphanage. Although this man is a bit estranged and somewhat lunatic, he helps mold Carver tremendously in the search for his father.  Overall, the book was fantastic. It’s an easy read that anyone can enjoy and is at a pace fast enough to where the reader would never want to put it down. One of my most favorite things about the book is how Petrucha puts a final plot twist on the end that will leave you craving for more. I feel as though Petrucha did a wonderful job creating and excellent storyline and creating relatable characters. That for me is especially important; when a reader can connect with a character within the book it makes it better to read. However, even though I thoroughly enjoyed the book sometimes I felt as if the set up was too convenient. This made the book sometimes have an unrealistic feel to it. However, this did not affect the overall enjoyment of the book. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Ripper. It is a teen crime/mystery novel that carries on very quickly. It is a story about a young boy named Carver trying to solve the mystery about the legendary Jack the Ripper who he suspected could be his father. In the meantime, he is adopted as an apprentice to a retired detective named Hawking. His friend Delia and ex-bully Finn who lived with him at the orphanage begin to help him solve the mystery of the Ripper.  I really enjoyed the story for the most part, as it included real history in a novel that seemed to fly away. There was plenty of entertaining moments and the story  was very strong up until the last few chapters. I say that because the end of it seemed a bit rushed. I had hoped to hear more about what would happen to Carver and his father, even more so whatever happened to his mother. If I could speak to the author, I would only ask that he rewrote the end of the story. Just given us more of a story. But perhaps he is writing a sequel? It would be nice to see that. William Faucett
AdamO More than 1 year ago
The book “Ripper” by Stefan Petrucha, was an excellent book.  It is a historical fiction book. The book is a murder mystery, so the tone is very suspenseful. The author implies little clues throughout the book, but never enough for the reader to know who the murderer is.  This is what makes the book so great because the suspense makes the reader never want to stop reading. The tone is also serious.  It has a lot of murders and compelling discoveries that create a serious and suspenseful mood. The novel is told through the eyes of the main character Carver Young.  Carver is trying to find his father, who he has never met before, but he discovers that his father is actually the famous murderer Jack the Ripper.  He is given a mentor named Albert Hawking who is teaching him to become a detective.  He also has the help of his friends Delia and Finn.  They were his friends back at the orphanage he grew up in.  This novel is all about his journey and discoveries while looking for his father.  This book is meant for the reader who wants to know more about the 1890’s and also readers who love murder mysteries.  Overall, I really liked this novel.  It was very interesting with all the murders and also had exciting parts when Carver had to fight the killer.   The best part about the book was that I could never figure out who the actual killer was until the end.  It had all the buildup which made me really love the book, and then when I finally discovered who it was, it shocked me.  It was a fun read that not only entertained, but it also taught me a lot about life during that time.  Its purpose was to teach people using a suspenseful novel.  I liked the parts that left clues for the reader to make assumptions on who the killer really was.  It made me feel almost as if I was in the novel as well.  Also, I really liked how it talked about the Pinkerton Agency because it taught me things that I never knew.  I think the author did a great job because most murder mysteries are easy to figure out, but this one kept me guessing until the end.  Also, it had accurate descriptions about life during that time.  One way it could have been improved is if there would have been more time spent on the ending.  Once the killer was named, the novel pretty much ended, so I would have liked more about what happened afterwards.  Overall, this book was very good and I would recommend it to everybody.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
       There is an unknown serial killer loose in the city of Manhattan. Do you think you can figure out who it is? The “Ripper” is a historical fiction novel and has many thrilling moments. Therefore, it has a suspenseful tone throughout the entire book. An exciting component of this certain novel is that it is written in 3rd person limited on Carver’s point of view. Nobody knows what the other characters are doing and also limits readers to know who the secret killer is. The attended audience would be people who have the desire for learning more about historical events. If you are fascinated with Jack the Ripper, however, then this is the perfect book for you to read. The main characters that shine in this novel are Carver, Albert Hawking, and Teddy Roosevelt. The author did a fantastic job incorporating real people in history to a nonfiction book. It helps readers not only learn more about them, but also it makes it easier for readers to get involved in the storyline. It gives off the affect to make the book more addicting and hard to put down. The overall theme of the book is, “You never know who you can trust”. I agree with this main purpose because it is relatable to most individual. The statement is a kind of situation that most people go through day after day. I really enjoyed reading the “Ripper” for many reason. One thing I specifically appreciated was the idea of having short and choppy paragraphs in this certain type of novel. Mystery novels give readers a ton of information at once, but “Ripper” separates them into sections. It makes the book easier to catch on to specific and important events that happen (trust me, it really helps). The only room for improvement would be if Stefan Petrucha continued on in the enthralling novel.  Madison Englehart
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stefan Petrucha’s “Ripper” is a historical fiction mystery that grips its reader’s attention and refuses to let go until the very end.  The tone that surrounds this book is mysterious, matching its mood of being quite ominous.   The story is told in a second person point of view through the main character, fifteen-year-old Carver Young.  After spending many miserable years in an orphanage, he manages to dig up evidence that his father may still be alive.  With the help of Albert Hawking, the best detective in the New Pinkertons Agency, and his fellow orphans, Finn and Delia, Carver is determined to crack the mystery surrounding his father’s sudden appearance.  Only one thing stands in his way: the new reappearance of the famed serial killer, Jack the Ripper.  He’s in New York City, and there are corpses turning up left and right.  Carver and his friends suddenly find themselves racing against the clock to find the next victims and even the Ripper himself.   The intended audience for “Ripper” is definitely all the mystery lovers out there.  Do you have an interest in Jack the Ripper?  This is your book too!  I am not usually a mystery lover myself, but in general, this book definitely captivated my attention.  The thrill of the chase, the constant twists, and the development of the characters are just a few things I loved about “Ripper.”  To me, the main purpose seemed to be that Carver was looking for some closure in his past.  He needed to feel like he had an identity.  I feel that Petrucha did an amazing job with writing this kind of emotion in his character.  All in all, Petrucha’s writing really demands the reader’s attention and sends them on a whirlwind of adventure, thrill, and mystery.  The end was probably one of the best parts of the book.  I really could not pull myself away from it until the resolution.  My only request for an improvement?  Give us a sequel, please!
JaredH More than 1 year ago
Stefan Petrucha’s novel Ripper is a prime example of how a historical fiction book can also be an exhilarating thriller while also staying true to the period it is written about. The novel is able to bring audiences of all ages to the edge of their seats as it does not require any background knowledge of the period, but would appeal greatly to those who are familiar with the transition period from the late 19th century to the early 20th century. The story follows a fourteen year old boy named Carver Young. Carver lives in New York City during the peak of industrialism, but also the peak of mass corruption. The story follows him and his band of friends including, Delia, Finn, and Mr. Hawking as they search for a new serial killer terrorizing the flourishing city. Along the way Carver begins to realize his true potential as a detective, but he also faces many challenges that put not only his life in danger but the lives of others as well. Petrucha creates suspense though many means as the tone of the book changes drastically as the story progresses; at some points it is suspicious and wary, and other times there is a tad bit of bliss, happiness and maybe a tad bit of affection.  Another aspect that plays into the suspenseful mood of the story is that Petrucha chose to make the story a third person limited point of view. This gives the reader just barely enough information to grasp the whole picture as the reader can never tell what the actions of other characters might be. Overall, I would say this novel was above average in its quality. I would deduct only one point for a seemingly rushed ending. I specifically liked the suspense, mystery, and almost continuous action throughout the story that kept me engaged and wondering all the way. I am personally a huge fan of the thriller genre.  In addition, the character development throughout the story was exceptional. Petrucha really strums your heart strings as the characters are put in peril constantly and it only aids in making you want to finish the story to ensure the safety of the characters. I would argue that the theme was discovering one’s self as Carver uncovers many things that were once unknown to him and that seems to be the center piece of the entire story.  The story also brings developing pieces of technology from the period into the main storyline which was a huge bonus as I am sort of coinsure of advanced technology from any period. These gadgets include the periscope, pneumatic devices of all kinds, an electric carriage, stun baton and many more that serve to aid in the intensity of the story while also enlightening the reader about the period.  Touching on what I did not like specifically I was extremely let down by the ending. Without delving too deep into spoiler territory I will just say it felt rushed and the use of a cliff hanger just seemed like lazy writing rather than to server a larger purpose. The story had built all the way up to such a mediocre climax and then finished with very little exposition. Perhaps a sequel could easily fix these issues, but that still returns to the issue of lazy writing. In closing, Stefan Petrucha did an excellent job at creating a jaw dropping thriller. He took an extremely out of the box idea and made it a reality that is both immersive and true to the period. I was extremely fond about learning of New York during the time period as it relates greatly to the history class I read the novel for. If I could have made improvements to the story they would have easily been to actually finish the story or perhaps provide an epilogue that goes in depth to how the characters’ lives developed after the events of the story. I agree with the main theme of the story as it touched on real issues in everyone lives, all be it Carver’s were more drastic than the average person’s. Jared Holley 1st Period
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Ripper, by Stefan Petrucha, is a historical fiction, with a Sherlock Holmes-esque tone. There is a new mystery and twist around every corner that the reader gets to encounter from the third person. The book has a gloomy mood to it, but that didn't take away from the excitement! Carver Young, the main character, is a perfect character for the intended audience (teenagers/young adults) to relate with. He doesn't know who he is or where he belongs in society. He's a small kid in a big city. He only has a few people he can trust, and of course, he has a crush on the pretty girl, Delia. Although it may seem like he is just an average ordinary orphan, he actually has the mind of a detective. He also has a parent with a very shady and complicated past. I loved the book because personally, mysteries intrigue me. Trying to solve the mystery before the characters do brings a whole new depth to reading. Petrucha executed this well, by not leaving any boring falling action in the book where the readers could lose interest, but was also not so jam-packed with information as to where the reader couldn't take it all in. The main focus of the book was to catch the killer and that is definitely something I agree with, because I love an edgy thrill as well as a justified ending.  There wasn't much wrong with Petrucha's novel, however, I feel it would go a long way for the book if we got to find out what happened to Hawking after the train incident. This way, the reader's hearts would be put at ease as well as Carver's. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ripper would fit into an action mystery genre. The tone of ripper is conversational and action packed. The point of view in ripper is of the main character Carver Young, a young in training detective trying to solve the mystery of his father. The mood of this book is action packed, suspenseful, and mysterical. The main characters of Ripper are Carver, Delia, Finn, and Albert Hawking. The intended audience of ripper is from teenager and up. The wording is not too complex for a young teen to understand and is still entertaining from the teenage level and up. I absolutely loved this book! Twists at nearly every turn and never a dull moment is what intrigued my interest in this book. I did agree with the main theme in the book, being that people do certain and sometimes extreme things for the ones they love. I agreed with this because it all made sense to me of why the ripper did what he did for Carver and what drew him to his hobby. I specifically liked the crazy twist at the end of the book, the first person point of view that was from a young teen boy, and the detailed description of action scenes. The only thing I remotely disliked about the book is the slow start at the beginning, but what book doesn't have that? Stefan Petrucha did a fantastic job in Ripper! He kept my attention virtually the whole time and accurately portrayed late nineteenth and early twentieth century New York City. The only things that could be improved is the confusing terms that are used in describing machines and such things. This change would help in giving the reader some visual imagery.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Ripper" by Stefan Petrucha, a novel classified as historical fiction, takes the reader into the booming big apple in the 1890's. The novel has a suspenseful tone and a mysterious mood that will keep the reader on the edge of his seat and make him never want to put it down. The reader knows what Carver Young, a main character, is thinking and doing at all times which shows that “Ripper” was written in third person limited omniscient.  The novel begins in the orphanage where the reader is introduced to Carver Young and his two friends Delia Stephens and Finn Walker who are two main characters. Carver is adopted by Albert Hawking, a famous detective, and becomes his apprentice. Carver with the support of these people is on the hunt for his real father who might just be the notorious Jack the Ripper. Although the book is focused on a killer I believe that this novel is intended for an audience of all ages. I love this novel because it has changed my outlook on life and has pushed me to one day become a detective myself.  I love the theme that even though your parent might be a horrible killer you do not have to follow in their footsteps because every one of all ages can relate to this. I like the way that Petrucha made a normal dry subject like history into a thrilling history lesson that keeps me asking more.  If I had to improve this novel at all it would done by giving the reader some peace of mind because the cliffhanger ending of Petrucha’s novel only had me asking more questions. Overall Patrucha did an outstanding job by making this novel entertaining for all age groups. – Nicholas  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an amazing work of historical fiction/mystery thriller. It has a very good plot and a serious tone that keeps you reading. The first person point of view is that of the books main protagonist, Carver Young. Carver is an orphan from Ellis Island who is adopted by Mr. Albert Hawking, a veteran of the Pinkerton detective agency. His friend from the orphanage, Delia Ribe, and his arch nemesis turned friend, Finn Echols, also appear as supporting characters in the book. And of course, the main Protagonist, Jack the Ripper. The book is really intended for people twelve and up since there are some very mild descriptions of murder that some readers might take offense to. I really enjoyed this book, partly because of my interest in Jack the Ripper and other serial killers, and partly because of the wonderful job the author does of keeping the mystery aspect. There are some obvious hints and clues along the way, especially if you read it twice. I agree with the main purpose of the book, which is to entertain, while also inform, readers about the history of Saucy Jack and what it may have been like if he showed up her in the states a few years later. Stefan Petrucha did a wonderful job of intertwining real history into his fictional scenario. The clues he puts into his novel are also well done, if a bit obvious. He really could have made the clues more obscure for the readers, they were fairly easy to figure out, especially once you already have an idea of who the killer is. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The genre of The Ripper is historical fiction, which makes reading it even more interesting because a lot of the content happens to be or is based on fact. I would say that the tone of the story is threatening at some points, and mysterious at others. The point-of-view of the story is third-person-omniscient, which means that the narrator of the story is all-knowing, and it the book is not from a character’s perspective. The mood is definitely suspense mixed with mystery. Throughout The Ripper, there are many plot twists and moments when Carver receives shocking news, so it is suspense. Also, the book leaves you with a lot of questions, so I would consider it to be mystery. The intended audience for the book is preteen to young adult, because everything that happens or that the author talks about is relatively easy to understand. I believe the main purpose of this book was to provide entertainment to anyone who reads it, which it surely accomplished. This book exceeded my expectations. The main characters in the novel are Carver Young, a 14-year-old orphan in search of his father, Mr. Hawking, sort of Carver’s teacher in detective work, Delia, Carver’s friend from the orphanage and possibly his love interest, and Finn, Carver’s arch-enemy-turned-friend.   I didn’t just like this book… I loved it! This book was amazing. It wasn’t a hard book to read at all, everything was understandable and I learned a few new things along the way. I love how Stefan Petrucha combined fiction with fact. This is now one of my all-time favorite historical fiction books. I also love a book with a good plot twist, and this book had a few! The only thing I disliked about this book was that it ended! Honestly, I thoroughly enjoyed it and I would definitely read anything by Stefan Petrucha after reading The Ripper. I specifically liked the major plot twist at the end; it made the book so much greater (even though it made me hate Petrucha for a second, it kind of ruined me). I actually kept saying the whole time I read it “if Hawking is the killer or is somehow in cahoots with him, I’m going to be so angry!”…and that’s exactly what happened. “Always trust your gut”, as they say. The best part was the history involved with the story. As I said before, Stefan Petrucha did a fantastic job at mixing fact with fiction to make an incredible story.  I cannot see it being possible to improve the book any further. I thoroughly enjoyed every aspect of it, even though it was below my reading level. Nothing was mundane or repetitive, he didn’t use kindergarten sentences. It was perfect. I’m super stoked to hear that there’s a sequel coming out! I will surely be reading ASAP.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Petrucha’s book, Ripper, is a suspenseful mystery novel set in Manhattan, NY in the early 1900s.  The book story is played out through the third person view of Carver Young, a young orphan who never knew his parents. Carver spent his whole life in Ellis orphanage knowing nothing about the welfare of his parents, until he found a hidden letter from his father when he was fourteen. The discovery of the letter sparked a flame inside of Carver and gave him an unrelenting urge to find his father. Just when Carver had begun to give up hope on his search, he runs into a man named Albert Hawking, head of the New Pinkerton detective agency. Hawking takes Carver in as an apprentice and gives him one job, to find his father. The rest of the span of the book is about Carvers investigations and the perils and adventures that come along with them. After reading this book it could be assumed that Petrucha is an avid history buff, for he makes many references that were actually relevant to the time period the book is set in. Things such as the electric carriage, the midnight band of mercy, the Pinkertons, and even, well, the ripper himself are some examples of his true-to-life allusions.  Also, this book will definitely make you appreciate the built-in dictionary that kindles contain if you have one. I estimate that I looked up at least thirty words from this book. Another thing about this book is that it is suspenseful. By the time I finished this book I had no surviving fingernails. As the reader you never know what’s going to happen to Carver, whether he’s being chased by the killer, or begin kidnapped by other adversaries; it gets intense. This is one of the only books I have read in years, and that’s why. It had me coming back for more because I wanted to see what predicament Carver would get in or discovery he would make next. That and I wanted to try and solve the identity of Jack the Ripper before Carver did, but despite my efforts I couldn’t do it. I recommend picking this book up. It’s most definitely worth the $10 you will spend, for it’s a pretty lengthy book (about 450 pages) and it’s not a drag to read at all.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Ripper” by Stefan Petrucha is classified as a fictional historical thriller that transports history fanatics or anyone who wants a good read to New York City during the 1890s.The book is told through the point of view of third person limited omniscient. As soon as the story begins readers are pulled into the mysterious, somber tone of the story. This sets up the mood for the rest of the story that leads readers to feel the suspense and gloom that the main character, Carver Young, feels as he edges closer to the identity of his father who is a notorious serial killer. To help Carver find his father is the ex-detective Albert Hawking who “adopted” him in order to locate Carver’s father. Septimus Tudd who is the leader of the New Pinkerton Agency is watching Carver’s every move, and as time is winding down till the next murder Carver’s friends Delia and Finn try to help him find his father in order to keep him from killing again. In general I enjoyed this book because it was interesting and suspenseful. Petrucha not only created a great mystery twisted with historical information in it but also incorporated moral lessons. I agree with the moral lessons that are in the book, including the one where even though your parents might do something wrong does not necessarily mean you are destined to follow in their footsteps. Just because Carver’s father met his abyss, does not mean that if Carver reaches his that he will become a killer. What I liked in the book was the suspense of finding the killer and to see who he is. Further, the plot twists were exciting, and to discover that Hawking was the killer and Carver’s father all along was unexpected! The only thing that I did not like was the ending of the story because it seemed too simple. Petrucha could have improved this by not ending the story with the train explosion, but instead could have made it to where Carver was able to find his mother. This path could have led readers to the mystery surrounding how Carver’s mother could still be alive. Overall the author did a great job in creating a story that is entertaining and depicts how New York City was during that time period. Caitlyn Waters, 1st Period, Mrs. Odom