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The Night Tourist (Jack Perdu #1)

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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 eigh ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 232 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Hyperion Books for Children
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Marie-Jo Fortis
Sep 23, 2011 Marie-Jo Fortis rated it really liked it
Katherine Marsh does a very clever revisiting of the Orpheus-Eurydice myth while making us re-visit the Big Apple --a mythical town of sorts. It's a wintery visit, though --an important detail here. While the stylish, humorous language flows like an elegant spirit, this novel for adolescents (this adult didn't mind reading it, either) addresses the most serious of topics: death. A fourteen-year old boy, Jack, does not accept the passing of his mother and wants to meet her in the beyond. This bey ...more
Aug 27, 2009 Kate rated it liked it
Recommended to Kate by: Teen Book Club selection
I thought this sounded interesting as a modern take on the Orpheus / Eurydice myth, and when I saw this book's cover in real life (as opposed to little pictures online) I was like WOW. It's so iridescent and pretty.

Jack, a classics prodigy translating Ovid's Metamorphoses (read that in college), when he gets hit by a bus. He lives, but suddenly he can see ghosts. His father sends him to a doctor in New York City, and before Jack knows it, he is off on a journey to the New York City underworld w
Apr 24, 2012 Kit★ rated it really liked it
I picked this one up off the bargain rack around New Years 2011, but I was only recently compelled to go ahead and get into it.I'm really glad it finally called to me, I found it to be quite a good little story. A pleasant surprise if you will, a good first book of the new year. The main character Jack Perdu was easy to like and feel for, being a misfit and all. He's also very smart, and excellent in Latin, a language I've always wanted to learn but never have. His mother died when he was young, ...more
Jul 09, 2010 Sonia rated it liked it
Many thanks to Susann for telling me about this book and then sending it to me!

So, here is the Latin professor's pedantry:
I liked this book a lot--good characters, generally good writing except for some clunky descriptions of place. It was an original variation on Orpheus (I also like that Tennessee Williams appears), and I find the idea of the Underworld entrance in Grand Central much more compelling than Olympus in the Empire State Building.

But why do novels featuring Classics students and pro
Lalaine *myficbookreviews*
Jun 20, 2011 Lalaine *myficbookreviews* rated it really liked it
hello guys, ive just finished reading this book by Katherin. I thought this book was pretty good. one thing I dont like was the ending, i dont know, maybe i was used of having most of my book a happy ending. It's not that bad ending i just felt bad for Euri. Anyway, Jack Perdu, a shy but smart school boy had a near fatal accident and his life changed forever. After the accident, weird things has been happening to him. then his father sent him in New York -its been years since hed been there afte ...more
Jul 08, 2013 Kathryn rated it it was amazing
One of the best pieces of contemporary young adult fiction I have read in a long time. Wonderful, poetic language makes it a great read aloud book. The characters are beautifully drawn and the allusions to classical mythology sometimes resonate in profound ways. Yet, the book is not only serious and poignant, it is playful and funny too, in part through the allusions to the lives, poetry, plays and other works of many great New Yorkers past. Katherine Marsh gives real New York spaces and places ...more
A lonely young boy accidentally enters the world of the dead beneath NYC. There he searches for his dead mother.
Apr 04, 2012 Aprielle rated it liked it
The modern type of Orpheus and Eurydice's story in mythology.
Jun 06, 2009 Claire rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: supernatural, mystery, alternate New York
Winner of 2008 Edgar Award followed by the excellent book, The Twilight Prisoner.

Jack lives with his dad at Yale, his mother died years ago- his dad won't talk about her.
He has his nose in a book - he is a Latin prodigy- translating Metamorphoses- and walks in front of a car, literally knocking the life out of him. When he comes to and comes home, he finds he can see ghosts- those who have died and not yet got to Elysium Fields. He realizes this is an opportunity to find his mother and get quest
Oct 23, 2008 Cynthia rated it really liked it
Jack Perdu is a 15 year old fascinated by all things latin. One day, while reading a text, he gets hit by a car. Luckily, it's nothing bad but he's been seeing weird things since. His father sends him to a doctor in NY. On the way back, he meets Euri at the train station. She's been dead for a while and she takes him on a journey through the NY of the dead. All the while, he's searching for his mom who died in NY 8 years ago.

Good book, very easily read. I love the author's vision of death : all
Oct 24, 2015 Alondra rated it it was amazing
The Night Tourist by Katherine Marshis about friendship and compassion. Itreveals thata boy named Jack Perdu meets his mom for the first time in a place called the "Underworld". He also meets a girl named Euri. Jack was able to make his mom tomove on.Althoguh, Jack's plan was to get his mom out of the "Underworld"so his family can be complete.As, they sail throughthe river the only chance for them to get out is to not look back but whilegetting chased by Clubber Euri made a mistake and looked ba ...more
Karen Gail Brown
Aug 15, 2014 Karen Gail Brown rated it it was amazing
I just finished "The Night Tourist". I am not a young adult, but I cannot wait to get "The Twilight Prisoner". I received this book as a goodreads giveaway.

Jack is only in 9th grade, but his Latin is such that he is also assisting Yale University's Classics Department on a new translation of "Metamorphoses". He is walking with his head in the book and is hit by a car. He is okay, but after the accident, he starts to see and hear ghosts.

Jack's father has always been very aloof, or at least he has
Angela Murat
Dec 07, 2014 Angela Murat rated it really liked it
I chose to read this for a book report back in 7th grade, though the book was translated into french.

I'll never regret though, this book has really impacted me in my transition from becoming a non-reader to a big reader. Not saying it was really the reason I began reading, but it was one of the books that was getting me into it.
I thought the entire concept was pretty well thought up, although I doubt you can fall in love with someone within a few hours...

Only thing with some books. But so what
Apr 13, 2013 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a great young adult read. This book would definitely be a book to read to a young adult who has lost a parent or even one questioning what happens after someone passes. Even though, I know that the story is make believe I feel as though it would help some with the loss of a loved one.
Aug 15, 2008 Kristen rated it really liked it
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.
Dec 18, 2012 Susan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio, 2012
Loved this story - the characters, subterrain New York, ghosts, secret passages, character stories and personalities, resolution - everything. It is a wonderfully imaginative tale and I'm so glad I found it.

I could not have asked for a better audio to spend time with!
Feb 06, 2008 Trina rated it liked it
I enjoy reading modern interpretations of classic myths -- and I especially enjoy books that I can recommend to my middle school mythology geeks, but as much as I liked the ideas behind this book, the plot seemed a little too basic and straightforward.
May 08, 2016 Hellen rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed reading this book, but I have to say that I love mythology so I may be a little prejudiced! How can I not follow a character who is reading Ovid's Metamorphoses and is pondering the meanings of "occidit" as he reads the story of Orpheus and Eurydice? The story quickly caught my attention and kept it to the end. The characters are interesting (even Tennessee Williams and Dylan Thomas make guest appearances) and it was so easy to feel for their situations. The story is very clever ...more
Jack is an unusual boy. He reads constantly, but unlike some, he also works with the Yale scholars translating ancient texts - from Latin to English.

He has no friends, and his only companion is his father, as his mother died 6 years before, when, his father says, a scaffolding fell on her. He misses her, and he knows his father does also, but they never discuss the woman, her background, or any of her traits.

He does manage to wrangle a trip to her beloved New York, unfortunately to see a doctor
Anna Mari
May 12, 2016 Anna Mari rated it really liked it
Latin scholar Jack Perdue doesn't seem to fit in. A high school student living with his dad on the Yale campus, he is awkward and wishes he had some real friends. After a near death experience, he finds he can see ghosts. A strange trip to New York City draws him into the world of the dead in the city. While he believes he is there to find his mom who died when he was young, he encounters a girl names Euri who spends each night with him helping him act 'dead' while avoiding the guards and lookin ...more
Corgi Folk
May 31, 2015 Corgi Folk rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy-epic
I happened upon this book at a market with a free library and I had time to kill. I found this novel ( for young adults) captivating and laden with meaning beyond the Orpheus myth. It can be read as a study in grief and loss. I found the struggling ghosts unable to leave the living until they had achieved peace within themselves to parallel the journey some take when dying: unable to die until some healing with those they leave behind is achieved. Then there is the lesson of loss from suicide an ...more
Jun 14, 2015 Jason rated it it was amazing
This is the book I read by accident.The cover looks simple and mysterious.I put the book down many times at the beginning because I was not interested in greek mythology.Then I got hooked without warning.It is the thrilling I couldn't find in other young adult fiction.The hunger game series are too violent and too much suspense to my taste and I said it because I couldn't put it down either.The feeling of Hunger game is just obcession and wondering. I couldn't recall the good memory about Hunger ...more
Sep 28, 2009 Jess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
A ghost story with an interesting twist, it was pretty good.
Mar 20, 2016 Robin rated it it was amazing
Jack Perdu is a ninth-grade Classics whiz who lives with his widowed father, a Yale University professor of archaeology. One day while crossing the street with his nose in Ovid's Metamorphoses, he has an accident that unlocks his ability to see ghosts. At first he doesn't understand what he is seeing, but when his father sends him to a strange specialist in New York, Jack is lured off his return trip by a ghostly girl named Euri who wants to give him a tour of the underworld.

It starts in the ni
Apr 18, 2015 Shelley rated it it was amazing
I picked this book off the wrong shelf in my school library, read the back before I got to the right shelf, and carried it to my desk instead for my "lunch at work" read. Science fiction or fantasy are not always my favorite read, but I was hooked by the time my lunch break was over. It had enough Greek mythology references to get a great a difficult to hook fifth grader into the book as well - a big plus to me.
When I finished it, I flew to Amazon to find # 2 in the series which I am reading now
Christina Rumbaugh
Alright. This is a children's book. I admit it. The target audience is 10+, haha. But I met the author at a Barnes & Noble last week, and after talking to her and hearing her talk about fantasy writing, and the premise of her book, I was definitely intrigued.

The story follows a 14-year-old boy named Jack Perdu. He's a book worm, wise beyond his years. He doesn't have many friends, instead choosing to spend his time translating Metamorphoses from Latin to English with the head of the Classic
Elizabeth K.
Mar 23, 2010 Elizabeth K. rated it liked it
Recommended to Elizabeth by: VSC Discussion Book
Shelves: 2010-new-reads
It was our VSC book for March. 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 Squa
Dec 13, 2012 Night rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I have mixed feelings for this book.

The plot is interesting. Jack suddenly can see ghosts after an accident. He went to see a doctor in New York City and met Euri, a ghost girl who led him to the Underworld. While exploring that world, Jack found out more about his dead mother and intended to bring her and his new friend back with him...if he could escape from Cerberos and the Clubber.

The Underworld details are interesting enough, even fun when some famous characters showed up. But I found it d
Dec 06, 2011 Phil rated it it was ok
This book, again like everything I have read in December, this is a re-try for me. I got this book YEAARRS ago and never really picked it up after I read the first chapter. So it was time for a re-try.

This book is about 14 year old Jack Purdue, who has no friends, and basically no life. His mother died mysteriously 8 years ago and his Dad still cries every night. One day while Jack is reading a book, he crosses the street and gets hit by a car. He wakes up[ in the hospital seeing a nurse and a p
Cindy Hudson
Jan 05, 2010 Cindy Hudson rated it liked it
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 sen ...more
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