Jack Perdu, a shy, ninth-grade Classics prodigy, lives with his 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 hasnt been since his mother died there eight years ago. While in the city, Jack meets Euri, a young girl who offers to show him the secrets of Grand Central Station, the secrets only true urban explorers know about. Fifteen flights below the train station, however, Jack discovers more than just hidden tracks and mysterious staircases. He has stumbled upon New Yorks ghostly underworld, which may provide Jack with a chance to see his mother again. But as secrets about Euris past are revealed, so are the true reasons for Jacks visit to the underworld.
Masterfully told, The Night Tourist weaves together New York Citys secret history and its modern-day landscape to create a highly vivid ghost world, full of magical adventure and page-turning action.
If you're familiar with the Orpheus myth, you'll have a good gist of how the story will progress, but not without some unexpected twists and turns, and an ending that, despite the odds, manages to surprise. A couple of times, convenience for the sake of the storyline takes the place of credibility (would Jack's father really have let him travel to New York by himself, especially knowing what he did about Jack?); but such contrivances are few, and overall Marsh stays true to the essence of the original story while putting a modern and very witty spin on the timeless themes of love, loss and longing. (Reviewed by BookBrowse Review Team).
The Washingtonian - Whitney Spivey
Although Marsh eloquently combines her interests in ancient Greece and historical New York, The Night Tourist lacks depth in the fantasy realm. The author spins a colorful tale of an extraordinary underworld, yet she often uses the supernatural context to facilitate events that merit more explanation. Too often, events fall into place a little too easily.
Teenagers knowledgeable about mythology and appreciative of sophisticated wordplay will especially enjoy this intricate read.
This novel has an unusual situation, but it may be hard for older middle school or high school readers to be patient and stick with the story.
Starred Review. [T]his intelligent and self-assured debut will compel readers from its outset, and leave them satisfied as it explores universal themes of love, loss and closure.
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Katherine Marsh, who grew
up in New York but now lives in
Washington where she is the
managing editor of The New
Republic magazine, takes readers
on a gorgeous tour of New York
City with a particular emphasis
on Grand Central Station
- from its well known
ceiling to lesser known
features such as the
whispering gallery and the
secret passages below the
Key to the story is a copy of
Viele's map of Manhattan.
Col. Egbert L. Viele (1825-1902)
published his "Topographical
Atlas of the City of New York"
in 1874 which shows the city's
natural springs, marshes and
meadowlands - a map still used
by engineers and architects
When Ananka Fishbein she ventures into an enormous sinkhole near her New York City apartment. She discovers a million rats, delinquent Girl Scouts out for revenge, and a secret city below the streets of Manhattan.
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