Maureen Johnson meets Lin-Manuel Miranda


Everybody is obsessed with “Hamilton,” and the young adult community is no different. There’s routinely been jokes on authors about how to reference the Broadway show in their work, jokes about writers on deadlines “writing like [they’re] running out of time,” and general celebration of the acclaimed historical musical.

So when The Name of the Star author Maureen Johnson and “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda became friends on Twitter, it delighted everybody. Then they met in person, and it was adorable.

This guy seems nice. #NationalSelfieDay [image of Maureen Johnson and Lin-Manuel Miranda making funny faces]

Yeah. Just. @Lin_Manuel. You know. [another image of Maureen Johnson and Lin-Manuel Miranda making funny faces]

Johnson called Miranda a “truly lovely guy,” and said that being backstage at “Hamilton” was “magical.”

The Name of the Star, the first in the Shades of London series follows Louisiana-born Rory Deveaux, who enrolls in a London boarding school on the day of a brutal murder mimicking the killing spree of Jack the Ripper. Ripper-mania spreads throughout London as the attacks continue, but Rory soon discovers that she is one of very few people who can see the true killer.

In addition to being the creator of “Hamilton,” YA fans might know Lin-Manuel Miranda as the audiobook narrator of Benjamin Alire-Saenz’s Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe.

Sometimes, the people you hope are great? Are great.

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