I get kind of excited when I find more than one book trailer to post that I really like. I haven’t read Ripper by Stefan Petrucha yet, but a few students have read it and told me they like it. I have read Chopsticks by Jessica Anthony, illustrated by Rodrigo Corral and had to read it more than once to feel like I had a better understanding. Honestly, I’m still not sure I understood everything going on in that graphic novel, but I love that. I love rereading it and passing it on to my students to get their perspective. Anyway, I like both trailers so I hope you enjoy them as well!
As always, if you’ve read either or both of these books I’d love to know what you think!
Summary of Ripper (From Goodreads): 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.
Summary of Chopsticks (From Goodreads): After her mother died, Glory retreated into herself and her music. Her single father raised her as a piano prodigy, with a rigid schedule and the goal of playing sold-out shows across the globe. Now, as a teenager, Glory has disappeared. As we flash back to the events leading up to her disappearance, we see a girl on the precipice of disaster. Brilliant and lonely, Glory is drawn to an artistic new boy, Frank, who moves in next door. The farther she falls, the deeper she spirals into madness. Before long, Glory is unable to play anything but the song “Chopsticks.”
But nothing is what it seems, and Glory’s reality is not reality at all. In this stunningly moving novel told in photographs, pictures, and words, it’s up to the reader to decide what is real, what is imagined, and what has been madness all along….