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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


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.

Masterfully told, The Night Tourist weaves together New York City's secret history and its modern-day landscape to create a highly vivid ghost world, full of magical adventure and page-turning action.

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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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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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Night Tourist 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. It kept me hanging on with every single word. I was in my schools library and i really just wanted to leave so i grabbed a random book off thw shelf and it turned out to be this one. I read it and loved it. When i saw there was a sequel i immediatly returned to the library an got it. I finished those books in a day!! I definitly reccomend this book to others.
BookWizz More than 1 year ago
This story really catches your attention and tells you a lot about New York's history. The story really keeps you reading, and that's what authors should do. If you get emotional or laugh or show any emotion, you know that you're reading a book written by a great author, such as Katherine Marsh. The Night Tourist has a mixture of fiction and non-fiction in it. I would like to tell you more, but you'll just have to read it for youself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The writing was great, especially alongside the well researched mythology. It was not only intelligently written, but very easy to follow whether or not you know they mythology. The characters are unique and you suffer along with them. Great book, a must read. I can't wait for the second one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is amazing! It is not too long and is an adventure all the way through! Were so happy there is a sequel coming out soon, plus, a movie!! They are going to be awesome!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Night Tourist is a must-read for sixth, seventh, and eighth graders, their teachers, librarians, reading specialists, and anyone who enjoys excellent young adult fiction. It is the adventure of Jack Perdu, a smart ninth grader who lives with his father on the campus of Yale University. Due to a near-fatal auto accident, his father sends him to Manhattan, a place he hasn't been since his mother's death there eight years earlier, to see an unusual doctor. Later, in Grand Central Station, Jack meets Euri, a peculiar girl who takes him on a search for his mother through New York's ghostly underworld. Much magical action also takes place in the night sky above the modern-day landscape of Manhattan. The Night Tourist is an intelligently crafted work of fiction. Marsh writes with a deep understanding of adolescents. The author is masterful in her development of a bonding friendship between Jack and Euri. At times, the reader will smile or even laugh out loud at the touches of humor and word play. Unexpected plot twists and suspenseful action keep the reader intrigued right up to the last page. A sequel is a must.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was truly impressed with the emotion of the book and how it made me keep reading. All in all this is a great book and i hope everyone checks it out.
olympianartist More than 1 year ago
i love this book!!!! i picked it up on impulse from a sale rack and found it amazing> i thought that it didnt have so much to do with greek myhtology, just, like, a land of ghosts. i was so sad about what happened to euri. ill DEFINITELY look into a sequel!!!
beckaa_boo More than 1 year ago
The Night Tourist, written by Katherine Marsh, was an outstanding book. A boy, set out to meet a mysterious doctor discovers he may be in a more spectacular place then just his mothers resting home. How his mother died? He's just not sure anymore.
Mother-Daughter-Book-Club More than 1 year ago
Jack Perdu, whose last name means lost in French, is a loner, a ninth-grader who is an expert on Greek classics and lives on the Yale University campus with his archeology-professor father. One winter afternoon, while he has his nose in a book, he is nearly killed when a car hits him in a crosswalk. Mysterious things start to happen to Jack after that. He finds a strange man in his father's study¿a man who disappears without a trace from an upstairs window when he spots Jack. Then his father sends him to see a doctor in New York City, a place he hasn't visited since his mother died there eight years before. But while he's waiting for his train to return, he meets a girl named Euri who takes him on an adventure into the mysterious realm of New York's ghostly underworld.

As Jack dodges Cerberus, the three-headed dog who's mission is to eliminate the living from the among the dead, her tries to locate his mom before he has to return to the world of the living or remain permanently in the world of the dead. An interesting twist on the story of Orpheus in Greek mythology, The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh will have you looking over your shoulder at dusk and paying attention when you feel you're being watched but no one's there. It's morbid subject matter never becomes too dark overwhelming, and it asks questions that are great for group discussion: What happens when you die? Why is it important to treat life as a gift? Why do your family and friends need to know how much you care for them? The ending feels a bit rushed, but the fast wrap-up can provide good possibilities for conversation of what happens to Jack after his adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After escaping death in a serious car accident, Jack Perdu realizes that he is different. He can see and hear ghosts from the underworld. Using his new talent, he decides to search for his deceased mother. During his quest, he befriends a troubled ghost named Euri, and together, they try and solve the mystery of the underworld and those who dwell there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was one of the best books I have ever read, and is a quick read with a thrilling turn after each amazing chapter. I would recommended this to any person that loves an adventure.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Night Tourist is a great book for all ages. It will keep you on the edge of your seat and not wanting to put it down. I totally recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Although, you would find it in the 8-12 year old section, It's a fantastic read for anyone!You never know what will happen next, for example, If Jack has time to reach his mother, and if he even finds her. I love how it is actually short, quick read. Jack doesn't exactly know what he is doing, as long as he finds his mom.Overall a great plot and book!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
The Night Tourist is a fantastic read for all ages. Young readers and teens [adults too] will love this story. The plot includes unexpected twists and turns, keeping you engaged until the last page.
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