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3.59  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
Only Luke hears the night train. Threatened at school, pressured by his parents, paralyzed by anxiety about his finale exams, Luke begins to doubt himself. Is the night train real, or is it only in his mind? If it's real then he's all right; then, no matter what, he can start all over again....
Paperback, 180 pages
Published February 15th 2004 by Penguin Global (first published January 1st 1999)
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Mar 27, 2016 Sen507 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think a lot of people are really missing the focus of this book. The writing isn’t brilliant and it’s aimed toward a younger audience, but the message is one that gets swept under the rug all too easily. I don’t believe this book is about a so-called messed up kid or inexperienced parents. It’s about a faulty education system that is so futile to escape. A system that refuses to bend to meet individual’s needs and wants to turn students into numbers and profit margins.

I have never lived in Au
May 23, 2014 Huma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
But that was the point. This is trying to show how some people end up feeling.
Honestly, thought the main character, Luke isn't even that bad. Its his parents that really messed with me. His mother was utterly passive, his father was avoiding everything...
His little sister, possible had OCD.
Susan Murray
Aug 19, 2014 Susan Murray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Night Train, Judith Clarke, The author discusses several interesting points. The quality of our educators, the difference between what is said and not said, and the need to try and establish a dialogue with our children.
Nov 02, 2011 ivana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fucking-scary
After reading this book, I had nightmares where the world had literally turned upside down. I woke up crying and couldn't sleep for days.

Read this book if you're interested in what it's like to have a mental disorder (it's accurate,) if you want to feel awful for no reason, or if you want to see what you get by riding the night train.

I would not recommend it if you're purely curious, and you don't have any other motives. Yes, I know that you're mature and can take some things, but this isn't a
Nguyen Truc
Aug 05, 2015 Nguyen Truc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A rather good book for parents who have teenage kids going through critical period of their life.
Jun 01, 2011 Stephanie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Utterly predictable.
Exactly the kind of book I hope other parents, my adolescent daughter, her peers, and my middle level students throw in the waste bin as it perpetuates the woe-is-me, nobody ever listens to me BS people use for an excuse when they are unwilling to attempt to communicate with one another.
Oct 14, 2010 Jess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I was blown away. At first I thought it wasn't going to get anywhere but by the middle I couldn't put the book down. The ending made me so upset but at the same time I expected it. Though the ending did take it a step farther. Well done and written.
It was a nice easy read for the night.
Sep 30, 2009 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
His family, peers, and teachers despair of eighteen-year-old Luke, who seems to have turned himself into a loser, failing at school, paralyzed with fear and indecision, losing touch with reality.
This described feelings very well! I loved it except the ending was disappointing...
Koelbel TAB
This book was terrible. It was depressing and had NO PLOT whatsoever!
Lisa Lemus
Starts out slow, but fantastic ending.
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Judith Clarke was born in Sydney and educated at the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University in Canberra. She has worked as a teacher and librarian, and in Adult Education in Victoria and New South Wales.

A major force in YA fiction both in Australia and internationally, Judith Clarke's novels include the multi-award-winning Wolf on the Fold, as well as Friend of my Hea
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