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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 11 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 6
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Disney-Hyperion (April 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1423106938
  • ISBN-13: 978-1423106937
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,237,347 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for

The Twilight Prisoner:

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“Readers should be drawn in by the complex relationships between Marsh’s

protagonists and Jack’s continuing existential struggles, caught between the worlds

of the living and the dead.” —

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

For

The Night Tourist:

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“This intelligent and self-assured debut will compel readers from its outset, and

leave them satisfi ed as it explores universal themes of love, loss, and closure.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A literate and luminous retelling of the story of Orpheus and Eurydice set in the

underworld of New York City.” —

School Library Journal

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author


Katherine Marsh taught high school for a while before she moved to New York City and started writing forGood Housekeepingand thenRolling Stonemagazines. Her nonfiction stories about the city have appeared inThe New York Timesand other publications. She is currently the managing editor ofThe New Republicmagazine, where she edits articles on politics and culture. A native of the Empire State, she currently lives in Washington, DC, with her husband and two cats.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on June 29, 2009
Format: Hardcover
At the end of my review of Katherine Marsh's THE NIGHT TOURIST, I wrote that the book leaves "readers hoping for a sequel and another glimpse into whether or not Jack can find hope and comfort among the living as well as he does among the dead." Fortunately, for fans of Jack Perdu's original adventures, Marsh has done just that in the sequel to her debut novel.

This one is called THE TWILIGHT PRISONER, and it opens with 15-year-old Jack trying desperately to fit in with his real live classmates at the George C. Chapman High School in New York City. Jack is a talented Classics scholar, so he excels in Latin translation --- especially in Ovid's myths --- and he fits right in with fellow members of the Latin Club. But Jack is still pretty clueless when it comes to figuring out how to relate to classmates outside of their study group. That goes especially for his smart, funny friend, Cora Flores. Jack would love to get to know her, maybe even go on a date, but he doesn't know how to relate to real live girls his own age.

During the course of a spectacularly bad first date, Jack, desperate for a conversation starter, lets Cora in on a little secret: just like characters in the myths they read, he has been to the Underworld. He even takes Cora along for a little visit --- not realizing that doing so might trap her there forever. Jack and his ghostly friend Euri have three days to discover how to return Cora to the land of the living, or she'll be a prisoner there, unable to help her sick mother. Their only chance is to find the long-dead cartographer who knows the city's secret passages and escape routes better than anyone else.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 100 REVIEWER on May 27, 2012
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"The Night Tourist", the first book in this series, was a great discovery. Strong characters, fascinating premise, witty dialogue, action, and an engaging story all built to a fine fantastical reading experience.

This sequel has most of the same strengths to some degree, but until the end it feels very rushed and doesn't add much to the experience apart from repetition. A great deal of the book relates to Jack's attempts to meet and then impress a girl, and to a recapping of all of the underworld rules once Jack and that girl cross over into the underworld. We learn more about Euri and see a bit of growth in Jack, but most of this book just skims over the same territory, (exiting through fountains, finding out where particular ghosts are now haunting, meeting dead famous people, avoiding Cerberus, etc.), as was covered in "The Night Tourist".

That's all O.K. if you really loved these characters and want more of them. Just don't expect this book to expand much beyond what you already know and like, or to add many new or interesting aspects of the underworld.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By I. Comstock on March 7, 2012
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This second book made me keep reading 'til the very end, because I didn't want to stop. A thoroughly satisfying continuation of The Night Tourist, although the love-triangle was slightly cliche'.
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By greenhead on January 17, 2013
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Sorry that this book did not sell as well as the first book in this two-book series. Protagonist Jack is now a year or two older, and is finding out about jealousy and love triangles-- good stuff for 'tweeners and middle schoolers who also like a) fantasy, and b) Greek mythology, to ponder over.
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By Mohamed Turay on February 11, 2015
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Best book I've ever read. Jack magical power are so cool. I wish could in the underworld and see ghosts like Jack. 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
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More About the Author

* Author of middle grade and YA fiction.
* Grew up just outside of New York City, an only child, a Scorpio, a bookworm.
* Majored in English at Yale, in hopes of becoming a poet.
* No poet jobs in the Help Wanteds so...
* Taught English at her own high school (only occasionally mistaken for a student).
* Spent almost a decade as a journalist, including as a feature writer for Rolling Stone and an editor at The New Republic.
* Began writing middle grade and YA fiction as a Washington transplant homesick for her childhood in New York.
* Won the Edgar award for Best Juvenile Mystery for "The Night Tourist"
* Religion: lapsed astrologist (inspiration for the forthcoming, "Jepp, Who Defied the Stars" October 2012!)


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