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The Twilight Prisoner

By Katherine Marsh

The Twilight Prisoner
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2009,
    256 pages.
    Age range: Children


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After traveling to the ghostly underworld beneath New York City, Jack has made it back above ground, to join the living. But if he's alive why is he still seeing ghosts?

Jack tries hard to fit in at his new school - and tries even harder to win the affections of his Latin classmate and friend, Cora. In an effort to impress her, Jack leads Cora to the entrance of the underworld and makes a terrible mistake. Soon they have crossed the threshold, and there may be no getting back.

Like The Night Tourist, this exciting sequel blends together the modern-day world and mythology - this time cleverly introducing readers to myth of Persephone and Eros.

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"Starred Review. Readers should be drawn in by the complex relationships between Marsh's protagonists and Jack's continuing existential struggles." - Publishers Weekly.

"The plot is lavishly draped with snappy dialogue, realistic teen characters and clever didn't-see-it-coming twists. An outstanding story with wide appeal." - Kirkus Reviews.

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Katherine Marsh Author Biography

Katherine Marsh (b. 1974) grew up in a New York City suburb that was 29 minutes by train to Grand Central Terminal. An only child of divorced parents, she spent a lot of time reading, trading stories with her grandmother who had run a bar in New York, and talking--with her best middle school friend--to Truman Capote and other dead New Yorkers on a Ouija Board. In seventh grade, her mother convinced her to start taking Latin. An embarrassing translation error ended her Latin career three years later but the time she spent with magisters Ellis and Philips instilled in her a lifelong love of etymology and hatred of grammar.

After surviving high school, Katherine went to Yale where she studied English literature. Upon graduation, however, she discovered that openings for poets were scarce ...

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