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The Night Tourist (Jack Perdu #1)

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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  1,372 ratings  ·  259 reviews
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 eig

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Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 2nd 2008 by Disney-Hyperion (first published April 9th 2007)
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Sonia
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...more
Kate
Aug 27, 2009 Kate rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Aprielle
The modern type of Orpheus and Eurydice's story in mythology.
Marie-Jo Fortis
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
Kit★
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
Lalaine *myficbookreviews*
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
Kathryn
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
Claire
Jun 06, 2009 Claire rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Cynthia
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...more
Karen Gail Brown
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...more
Sara
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.
Kristen
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.
Susan
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!
Miriam
A lonely young boy accidentally enters the world of the dead beneath NYC. There he searches for his dead mother.
Jess
A ghost story with an interesting twist, it was pretty good.
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...more
Elizabeth K.
Mar 23, 2010 Elizabeth K. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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...more
Night
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...more
Phil
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...more
Cindy Hudson
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
kari
This is the story of Jack, a 14 year old boy who has miraculously survived being hit by a car, sustaining only minor cuts and bruises. On a trip to see a doctor in NYC, he meets a young girl who shows him an entrance to the Underworld where he spends three nights touring the city and trying to find his mother, who died several years earlier.
Without giving spoilers, this story is very touching and exciting, with some surprises along the way.
Jack is a great character, interesting and smart and bra...more
Doris Mei
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Karen's Books Beside My Bed
The Night Tourist is a book that I have been eyeing at my library for a while but never picked it up because I always had other books to read. I grabbed it impulsively and started reading it during my lunch break. It was so interesting that I had to take it home and find out what happened to Jack and Euri.
Jack is a smart kid that always feels a little different than his fellow students and when he is hit by a car his perception of the world changes. He is able to see ghosts and is lead into the...more
Robert Long
Jack, a young intelligent boy, suffers a near fatal accident in the very beginning of the book. Jack has a few peculiar set of experiences following the accident just before his father sends him to New York to see a Dr. Lyon. After a very unusual visit to dr Lyon where jack steals a golden coin by mistake, jack sets off for for grand central station where he follows a tour around the building before his train is set to arrive. Just before the tour concludes- for jack at least- they stop in "the...more
Shel
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...more
Kayla

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...more
Lucy
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...more
Aerin
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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
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Jackie
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
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