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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 ...more
Hardcover, First Edition, 232 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Hyperion Books for Children
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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
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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 ...more
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 ...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
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.
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.
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.
Oct 20, 2016 Airgator007 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It's very well written, it has likable characters and a good plot.
This is a good book for middle school students. I think it would be OK for boys or girls.
It just has a nice quality to the writing. It includes references to places in New York city. It has a little mythology in there. It has ghosts and poets. Part of the story is about the relationships between the two young characters and their families and it makes the story meaningful. I think students will be able to
Oct 31, 2016 Sophiag706 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! If you like ghost books you will definitely love this one! The Night Tourist is a unique story about friendship, and it puts the cliche ghost into a whole new light. The Night Tourist is about a boy discovering the NY underworld and his mission to find his mom, while he develops a friendship with a young ghost girl who helps him. Even with the sadness, this story managed to warm my heart.
Nov 20, 2016 Jenn rated it it was ok
Eh. This book is classified as YA, but it REALLY reads like Juvenile Fiction. There's nothing objectionable in the content either, so I'm not really sure why it's classified as YA. The story is pretty simple. It started out okay, but I got bored about half way through. I din't particularly enjoy it.
Nov 21, 2016 Cooper705 rated it it was amazing
The Night Tourist is a great book. It is full of suspense and sadness. Jack is hit by a car and has to go to a doctor in New York. When he is taking the train home, a girl named Euri takes him to the underworld on a quest to find his dead mother. This book is great and I recommend it.
Jun 13, 2012 Shel rated it it was ok
Marsh, K. (2007). The Night Tourist. New York: Hyperion Books for Children.

232 pages.

Appetizer: While walking on the Yale campus, Jack Perdu was hit by a car. While his injuries weren't too serious, he can now see the ghosts that haunt the world at night. When his dad sends him to New York City to see a doctor friend, Jack is led by a strange girl deeper and deeper down into Grand Central Station and into the land of the dead.

After receiving this unexpected opportunity, Jack seeks out his dead m
Jan 25, 2009 Aerin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
from Amazon:
Jack Perdu, a ninth grade classics prodigy, lives his with father on the Yale University campus. Smart and introverted, Jack spends most of his time alone, his nose buried in a book. But one winter evening, a near-fatal accident changes Jack's life forever. His father sends him to see a mysterious doctor in New York City--a place Jack hasn't visited since his mother died there eight years ago. In Grand Central Terminal, he meets Euri, a girl who offers to show him the train station's
Nov 08, 2012 Ari rated it liked it
Shelves: greek
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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
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 ...more

The Night Tourist was a highly simplistic read that I started one night and finished the next afternoon. The writing is very to the point and not overly embellished though I think that I would have liked to see more added into it, especially in the more surreal parts of the novel. It was a very creative and fun journey though it seemed rushed and bland at points because of the bland writing.
I loved the ideas presented throughout The Night Tourist and the underworld that it created for the ghosts
Feb 28, 2008 Lucy rated it really liked it
Jack Perdu is an intelligent, lonely thirteen-year-old living on the Yale campus with his professor father. His mother died six years ago when she was hit on the head by falling scaffolding in New York City, and his father never talks about her, and never lets Jack return to New York, the city of her death.

But when Jack is in an accident, his father sends him to New York to be checked out by their old family doctor. And in Grand Central Station, Jack meets Euri, a mysterious girl who takes him o
Jack Perdu, 14, is a brilliant, yet lonely teenager in New Haven where his father is a professor at Yale. His mother is dead and he misses her terribly. Jack is so absorbed in his translation of Ovid's Metamotphoses, that he doesn't even see the car that hits him as he is walking across the street. He's rushed to the hospital, and the doctors all say it is a miracle that he was not seriously hurt...that's when all sorts of strange, mysterious paranormal sightings suddenly appear before Jack. He ...more
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
Sep 23, 2016 Jadran rated it it was amazing
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