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Katherine Marsh.  The Night Tourist
Hyperion  $22.99  ISBN 978-1-4231-0689-0  240 pg.
Reviewed by Kaelyn, Age 11

“Ta-dum, track sixty-one!” said Euri gesturing toward the padlocked door.

But Jack wasn’t looking at the door. “Where does that go?” he asked, pointing to the staircase.

“Oh, that leads to the other levels of the station,” Euri said. “Want to see?”

Jack took a few steps toward the staircase and looked down. “But the guide said there were only two levels.”

“That was the official tour. I’m giving you the unofficial tour. There are nine.”

Jack suddenly remembered the dream he’d had at the hospital, how the nurse had mentioned a ninth floor under New York. “Nine?” He looked at Euri but she crossed her arms over her chest and stared right back at him.

“Come on,” she said, “I’ll show you.” With a smirk, she added, “It’s a different world down there.”

The Night Tourist is the best ‘modern myth’ book I have ever read! There have been others, so those who like this book might also like The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan, also a Greek myth book. I love it when I find a book like this; one filled with suspense, and with each page your love for the characters you read about grows. It’s the type of book so enthralling that the minute you start reading it you can’t stop, not until you’re finished, and then you’re happy when done, but sad because you want the story to keep going. This gorgeously written story of a fourteen-year-old boy Jack whose life has never been the same since the terrible death of his mother, and Euri, also fourteen, and whose mysterious unofficial tour leads Jack into a world he, or seemingly, no other living person have ever been.

I would recommend this book to anyone 10 years and up. Katherine Marsh has written a beautiful story that will make anyone want to read it over and over. I give The Night Tourist 5 stars for the amazing creativity and spectacular images it puts in our minds!

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