Hello, Cruel Heart (Hardcover)

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An electric new story of teenage Cruella de Vil in an original novel inspired by the upcoming Walt Disney Studios Live Action Film, Cruella.


Swinging London, Summer 1967. Sixteen-year-old Estella, gifted with talent, ingenuity, and ambition, dreams of becoming a renowned fashion designer. But life seems intent on making sure her dreams never come true. Having arrived in London as a young girl, Estella now runs wild through the city streets with Jasper and Horace, amateur thieves who double as Estella’s makeshift family and partners-in-(petty)-crime. How can Estella dedicate herself to joining the ranks of the London design elite when she’s sewing endless costumes and disguises for the trio’s heists?

When a chance encounter with Magda and Richard Moresby-Plum, two young scions of high society, vaults Estella into the world of the rich and famous, she begins to wonder whether she might be destined for more after all. Suddenly, Estella’s days are filled with glamorous parties, exclusive eateries, flirtations with an up-and-coming rock star, and, of course, the most cutting-edge fashions money can buy. But what is the true cost of keeping up with the fast crowd—and is it a price Estella is willing to pay?

About the Author


Maureen Johnson is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of several YA novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Name of the Star, and Truly Devious. She has also done collaborative works, such as Let it Snow (with John Green and Lauren Myracle), recently released as a full-length Netflix film. She has an MFA in writing from Columbia University and lives in New York City. Visit her website at maureenjohnsonbook.com




Praise For…


"Johnson gives and she takes away: a few majormysteries are satisfying solved, but other long-standing riddles remain tantalizingly indecipherable, and several new ones come into play by the enigmatic end. Readers, hang tight: there's one more round to come, and if the signs are right, it'll be to die for."—Booklist

"An intricately plotted, compulsively readable novel that explores not only fascinating crimes but also the mysteries of anxiety, the creative process, contemporary fame, and so much else."—John Green

"Jumping between past and present, Johnson's novel is deliciously atmospheric, with a sprawling cast of complex suspects/potential victims, surprising twists, and a dash of romance. Johnson remains a master at combining jittery tension with sharp, laugh-out-loud observations." (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

"The story raises more questions than answers, leaving readers hoping Johnson has another entry up her clever sleeves. A classic mystery that would make Dame Agatha proud."—Kirkus Reviews

"Stevie Bell is a dyed-in-the-wool true-crime buff. There is a lot to love here. Fans of puzzles, boarding school stories, and true crime will tear through this book and love every minute."—School Library Journal

"Teens will want to read the backstory of one of Disney?s most iconic villains. Johnson creates the swinging 1960s London of Estella?s youth in vibrant color and cements the bond between Estella, Horace, and Jasper...Fans of Johnson?s other books will flock to this classic tale of choosing between friends."—School Library Journal

"Estella’s complete naïveté in the face of wealth and sophistication is convincingly drawn, and her fashionista ability is fun and engaging; the ending brings a twist that readers may not see coming... Rags to riches with a British twist."—Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE TRULY DEVIOUS SERIES

“Jumping between past and present, Johnson’s novel is deliciously atmospheric, with a sprawling cast of complex suspects/potential victims, surprising twists, and a dash of romance. Johnson remains a master at combining jittery tension with sharp, laugh-out-loud observations.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))—Publishers Weekly

PRAISE FOR THE TRULY DEVIOUS SERIES

“Stevie Bell is a dyed-in-the-wool true-crime buff. There is a lot to love here. Fans of puzzles, boarding school stories, and true crime will tear through this book and love every minute.”—School Library Journal

"Teens will want to read the backstory of one of Disney’s most iconic villains. Johnson creates the swinging 1960s London of Estella’s youth in vibrant color and cements the bond between Estella, Horace, and Jasper...Fans of Johnson’s other books will flock to this classic tale of choosing between friends."—School Library Journal

"Estella’s complete naïveté in the face of wealth and sophistication is convincingly drawn, and her fashionista ability is fun and engaging; the ending brings a twist that readers may not see coming... Rags to riches with a British twist."—Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE TRULY DEVIOUS SERIES

“The story raises more questions than answers, leaving readers hoping Johnson has another entry up her clever sleeves. A classic mystery that would make Dame Agatha proud.”—Kirkus Reviews

PRAISE FOR THE TRULY DEVIOUS SERIES

“Johnson quickly sets the game afoot, skillfully introducing a Clue-like set of characters, laying out various motives, and hinting at long held secrets. There’s a delicious slow-burn element to the locked-room mystery in Stevie’s present, while the chapters on the kidnappings read like a true crime novel.”—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

PRAISE FOR THE TRULY DEVIOUS SERIES

“Johnson gives and she takes away: a few major mysteries are satisfying solved, but other long-standing riddles remain tantalizingly indecipherable, and several new ones come into play by the enigmatic end. Readers, hang tight: there’s one more round to come, and if the signs are right, it’ll be to die for.”—Booklist

"A fresh take for a new generation of Disney lovers."—Booklist


Product Details
ISBN: 9781368057769
ISBN-10: 1368057764
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication Date: April 6th, 2021
Pages: 336
Language: English

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