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The Night Tourist by Katherine Marsh
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Sep 23, 2011

really liked it
Read in April, 2010

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 beyond is introduced to him by a girl-ghost called Euri, who committed suicide. At some point, Jack is tempted to stay in the kingdom of the dead and thus embodies the mix of fright and fascination many teenagers feel toward death. The novel also asks the question: What is life? What is death? Are they so different?

Through Jack and Euri's adventures and misadventures, Marsh gives a definite answer to that. The combo of beautiful writing, entertainment and pedagogy make this book a must-read for adolescents, teachers and parents. And a why-the-hell-not read for the rest of us.
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