The Night Tourist

The Night Tourist

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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781423106906
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication date: 09/02/2008
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

About 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 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 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.
booksandbosox on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't know how I felt about this. Jack lives in New Haven with his dad, where they moved after his mother's death. One day, he gets hit by a car. His father sends him to a specialist in New York and then, before he can make it back home, he encounters a young girl named Euri - and there's something a little off about her. I didn't really love this. It was an interesting concept but I didn't love how it was pulled off. Usually I love retelling of classic stories and myths, but this was a bit too heavy on the myth. It seemed like too much of a reach. And I'm beyond angry that there's a sequel. It's completely unnecessary and doesn't even make sense. NOT EVERYTHING NEEDS TO HAVE A SEQUEL OR BE PART OF A SERIES!!!
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
14 year old Jack Perdu gets hit by a car when he has his head buried in a book. Although he suffers no lasting physical injuries, he later discovers that he has the ability to see ghosts. The first one he sees is in his Manhattan apartment, but he doesn¿t tell his dad. The ghost drops a map of New York, which turns out to be helpful to Jack. His dad sends him to a New York doctor and while examining objects on a bookcase, Jack accidentally steals a subway token when the doctor enters the room unexpectedly. Jack used it to pay a beggar who grants him passage to the New York Underworld. Jack is toured through New York by Euri, a dead schoolgirl where he has a series of adventures in the Underworld, all the time pursued by Cerberus and some guards. He thinks he's there to find his mom, but in the end he returns without his mom and without Euri. It isn't ever clear why Jack's father sent him to New York, and that small point bothered me. There will be a second book, called the Twilight Prisoner, but I won't be rushing to buy it.
delphica on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It was our book club book for March 2010. I felt there was a lot of agreement at the meeting.In general, the concept was terrific. New York story, underworld, what's not to like. Most of the NYC city things were terrific, but there were a few that felt more like they were shoehorned in for the sole purpose of tacking on another secret New York venue. In contrast, see perfect NYC kidlit books where every locale serves to move the plot forward appropriately: From the Mixed Up Files ..., Cricket in Times Square, Stuart Little. (And you know, I hate that creepy mouse book, but it IS a great use of New York City.)This was one of those books that was frustrating in that it felt like it could have been a lot better with very minimal effort. Other than the classical scholar thing, Jack isn't exactly a super genius. No father IN THE WORLD would send a sick kid to NYC alone on MetroNorth. I am still completely confused about who was the guy in the den riffling through the desk. Did he ever come back in the story at all?But it was suspenseful, the ghostly stuff was mostly cool, and I think kids who like more complicated plots (it's mysterIOUS, but not exactly a mysterY) would enjoy it.
emitnick on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This isn't nearly as good as Rick Riordan's "Percy Jackson and the Oympians" series or even Anne Ursu's The Shadow Thieves.
Phantasma on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautiful and haunting. Sad and yet glorious. Entertaining and funny while seriously thought-provoking.That's the best I can do to descibe this fantastic book.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jack is hit by a car but fortunately he escapes with only a few cuts and bruises. However, something is not quite right and Jack finds that he sees and hears strange things. When on a trip to New York he meets a dead girl who takes him to the Underworld of New York. Here he decides to find his mother who died when he was little. The plot is based in Greek mythology and uses many elements of the Orpheus and Eurydice story. I really enjoyed this. The story line kept me guessing, I was never quite sure where it was going. The Underworld and the co-mingling of the dead with the living was very intriguing. I was also really taken with the ending, which is somewhat bittersweet but felt like the right ending. This is the author's first book and I'll certainly be watching for her next. Recommended.
nomadreader on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Night Tourist is a mesmerizing tale of Jack Perdu, a fourteen-year-old Classics prodigy (seriously, he's helping a Yale professor translate Ovid's Metamorphosis) who takes a mysterious trip into New York City's underworld. Jack isn't initially sure if he's live or dead, but he meets Yuri, a definitely dead young girl who becomes his tour guide. Jack's goal is to find his mother, who died years ago.The novel is part adventure, part ode to New York (perhaps my favorite city in the entire world), and part reinvention of a classical myth. It is a beautiful, engaging tale of friendship and the level of magic Marsh creates rivals the Harry Potter universe.While it is not rare for me to delight and enjoy a children's book, it is rare for me to forget I'm reading a children's book. The Night Tourist is so thoroughly engaging, any adult reader (especially sci-fi and fantasy fans) would love it. Despite being filled with intrigue, humor and fun, it's also incredibly wise. There are an ordinate number of illusions to mythology and great literature, many of which I was not as familiar with as I should be.The follow-up, again featuring Jack, The Twilight Prisoner, was just released, and I can't wait to read it.
krizia_lazaro on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really liked this book especially towards the ending. There are a lot of twists that would really hook the readers. I thought I have this book all figured out but I was wrong and I loved the book because of that.
ewyatt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jack Perdu knows his classics and his Latin. When he is hit by a car while thinking about translating the Metamorphoses, he develops the special ability to see ghosts. While on a trip to NYC to visit a doctor, he meets Euri (think Eurydice from mythology who wants to be reunited with her live love Orpheus) and embarks on a journey to the New York City underworld. He has just three days to try to find his mother and not be caught by Cerberus (the three headed dog) and the security guards. Allusions to mythology intertwine with an interesting imaging of the world of the dead in New York City.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jack lost his mother eight years ago and has just suffered a recent accident. After the accident, he is seeing some strange things and a girl ends up leading him to the afterworld under New York. It had a nice twist of mythology in the urban setting and was a quick and enjoyable read.
tjsjohanna on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Blending Greek mythology with modern settings, Ms. Marsh creates an imaginative re-working of Orpheus & Eurydice. Jack and Euri are likable characters, there is a quest (which is actually a couple of quests put together), there is a mystery, and there are the very real emotions of loss and love. Enjoyable youth fiction.