The Night Tourist

The Night Tourist

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by Katherine Marsh
     
 

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Jack Perdu, a shy, ninth grade classics prodigy lives with father on the Yale University campus. Smart and introverted, Jack spends most of his time alone, his nose buried in a book. But when Jack suffers a near fatal accident, his life is forever changed. His father sends him to a mysterious doctor in New York City--a place Jack hasn't been since his mother died…  See more details below

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Jack Perdu, a shy, ninth grade classics prodigy lives with father on the Yale University campus. Smart and introverted, Jack spends most of his time alone, his nose buried in a book. But when Jack suffers a near fatal accident, his life is forever changed. His father sends him to a mysterious doctor in New York City--a place Jack hasn't been since his mother died there eight years ago. While in the city, Jack meets Euri, a young girl who offers to show him the secrets of Grand Central Station. Here, Jack discovers New York's Underworld, a place where those who died in the city reside until they are ready to move on. This, Jack believes, is a chance to see his mother again. But as secrets about Euri's past are revealed, so are the true reasons for Jack's visit to the Underworld.

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Publishers Weekly

This audio retelling doesn't soar quite as high as the ghosts that haunt Manhattan by night in Marsh's children's book debut, starring a boy in search of his late mother's spirit. Based on elements of the myth of Orpheus and Eurydice, the story is steeped in New York City history and atmosphere, and shot through with a hefty dose of humor. Unfortunately, the voices of the two protagonists, Jack and Euri, are afflicted with a somewhat nagging, nervous quality, making them seem younger than their 14 years. Worse, that tone swallows much of the wit in Marsh's language. Still, there are many high points: Rannels has a gift for tough-guy Brooklynese, and although his narratorial voice is almost identical to Jack's, that same insistent quality, when applied to the general narration, helps drive the story forward and lends a level of tension that should keep listeners' attention. Ages 9-up. Simultaneous release with the Hyperion release (Reviews, Oct. 8). (Sept.)

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Jack Perdu, a ninth grade prodigy, gets hit by a car during his Christmas vacation. He and his father are mourning the death of Jack's mother. Jack's accident prompts his father to send him to New York for a doctor's examination. As Jack returns to Grand Central Station, he meets Euri, who is also 14 and a suicide victim. Euri invites Jack to see some unusual places under Grand Central Station. Before Jack realizes it, he is in the actual Underworld and is being threatened by Cerberus, the three-headed dog that guards the Underworld. Jack sees he can reunite with his mother, but Jack's state of being alive makes him vulnerable to Cerberus. He and Euri must always avoid the dog and other dead people. Jack learns more about his mother and Euri, but the novel falters as Jack and Euri travel to other parts of New York. Jack finds his mother, but the story takes another unexpected turn as she visits with him. Things become a bit complicated as Jack's mother explains her situation and how Jack's father found her. Euri's return appears a bit rushed. This novel has an unusual situation, but it may be hard for older middle school or high school readers to be patient and stick with the story.
School Library Journal

Gr 7 Up -Jack Perdue, a prodigy, lives with his father on the Yale campus where he buries himself in classical literature. When an accident leaves Jack with a head injury, his father sends him to a very strange doctor in New York. Jack has not been to New York since his mother died and he and his dad moved to New Haven. In Grand Central Station, Jack takes a tour and meets a girl named Euri who suggests that he might want to see the underground station-places that the public never get to see. So begins the adventure into the underworld of ghosts as he searches for his mother and learns about her mysterious life and death. Adventure abounds as Jack and Euri visit with deceased authors and constantly avoid the ghost police with a three-headed dog looking for anyone who might be a€œliving.a€ Along the way, Jack discovers some truths about Euri, himself, and his father. Actor Andrew Rannels narrates and provides a realistic voice for each character. Harry Potter fans will enjoy this fantasy (Hyperion, 2007) by Katherine Marsh.-Jeana Actkinson, Bridgeport High School, TX

Kirkus Reviews
"It was just after dusk when the accident happened." This alluring first sentence grabs readers' attention, and the compelling story line will hold that interest. Marsh's story focuses on ninth-grader Jack Perdu, a prodigy of classic mythology. Absorbed in a book, Jack fails to see the car that knocks him down. He's physically okay, but after the accident he sees ghostly beings. In New York City's subway, he meets Euri, a spectral girl who leads him eight stories below Grand Central Station, and together they enter the residence of hundreds of ghosts. The spirits, several dead for more than 200 years, are suspicious of Jack, because to them he appears to be alive. Is Jack actually dead? If so, will he be able to locate his mother who disappeared years before? Both Jack and readers will simultaneously unravel the mystery surrounding the author's surreal setting as he learns how to enter and exit this supernatural world. Teenagers knowledgeable about mythology and appreciative of sophisticated wordplay will especially enjoy this intricate read. (Fiction. 12-15)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423138044
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
07/10/2010
Sold by:
DISNEY PUBLISHING WORLDWIDE -EBKS
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
383 KB
Age Range:
10 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Katherine Marsh taught high school for a while before she moved to New York City and started writing for Good Housekeeping and then Rolling Stone magazines. Her nonfiction stories about the city have appeared in The New York Times and other publications. She is currently the managing editor of The New Republic magazine, where she edits articles on politics and culture. A native of the Empire State, she currently lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and two cats.

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