Tuesday, April 6, 2010

The Night Tourist

The Night Tourist
Katherine Marsh
***** 5 Stars

Ninth grader Jack Perdu spends most of his time alone, with 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-Where Jack hasn't been 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 hidden places-the ones only true urban explorers really know about. Eight flights below the station, however, Jack discovers more than just hidden tracks and mysterious staircases. He has stumbled upon New York's ghostly underworld. This, Jack believes, is his chance to see his mother again. But as secrets about Euri's past are revealed. So are the true reasons for Jack's visit to the underworld.

This book is excellent. I really like how Katherine Marsh tied in some of the Greek myths from ancient times. Each character was unique and different, and I enjoyed every page. Doing these kind of discovery books is difficult. When authors write these kinds of books, they need to make sure that the descriptions for the characters discovery aren't too short, or too long. They need to make sure as well that the characters reaction isn't too cheesy. It is a very difficult topic to get published and I respect that, it is one of the reasons I enjoy this genre so much.

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