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First Night: Being a Ghost Story Paperback – January 2, 2009
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Top Customer Reviews
If you've ever been to a First Night festival, you'll know all about the fun and festivities that surround the celebration. For those that haven't experienced this joy, First Night takes place on New Year's Eve in many cities but most famously in Boston. Party goers receive a First Night button that gets them in to the events attractions where they can party the day and night away. For Jackie and Alex, First Night is both a blessing and a curse.
Jackie is thrilled to be visiting her aunt and uncle. The sisters are given the entire day to wander the city on their own and Jackie can hardly contain herself at the possibilities this entails. Her older sister Alex, however, would much rather wait out the day in the car while her aunt and uncle finish up their work. Where Jackie is outgoing, Alex is more quiet and subdued. It'll take a miracle, or maybe a walking dead girl to get this teen excited about something.
Sarah Pemberton is just your average Puritan girl. Only problem is that she's walking around Boston 300 years after her death. When her spirit is woken and brought to the Court of the Spirits, a charge of witchcraft against her might mean the difference between returning to a restful eternity of peace or eternal fire and fury for her soul. Allowed time to find an advocate for her defense, Sarah is set free on modern day Boston.Read more ›
Two young girls from San Diego meet a ghost in an awkward way. The girls are visiting their aunt and uncle in Boston when they should be partying New Years Eve in San Diego.
The ghost, Sarah, is from the year 1688 which makes for a fun comparison on what it used to be like and everyday things Sarah finds odd nowadays. Imagine living in 1688 and coming to this day and age! All three go on a wild adventure. While going through all of this, Sarah must prove her innocence in a very strange case.....
I highly recommend this book as it will peak your curiosity and keep you reading for hours.
When Sarah Pemberton's ghost appears and asks Alex and Jackie to help her defeat charges of witchcraft brought against her, the sisters' night takes a turn that brings them through Boston's rich history. Can they help Sarah and still have enough time to meet back up with Aunt Anne and Uncle Jim?
In this mysterious and exciting story, author Tom Weston has created a cast of engaging characters that teenagers will easily relate to. California blondes, Alex and Jackie each have their strong points and flaws, but overall they are charming young women caught up in helping Sarah, who has been charged with witchcraft and sharing the Devil's Book.
Jackie is chosen as Sarah's advocate, and travels back in time to defend her before three magistrates. Other characters we meet are Sarah's parents, Hannah and Thomas, who are forced to testify against their daughter, and Captain Ayres, a friend of the Pemberton family. Captain Ayers gave Sarah an Inuit bracelet right before her death in 1688.
"First Night's" strength is definitely its characters, I just wish the all-knowing narrator would have allowed them to carry more of the story. Instead of having Alex and Jackie experience Boston's history, much that is revealed about the area is discussed by the narrator; and in the first chapter, which is about Sarah's death, the narrator intrudes with future events and plagues that the characters would have no knowledge of.
Though a lover of history and a life-long resident of Massachusetts, I felt overwhelmed by the amount of historical detail.Read more ›
Tom Weston takes you on an unforgettable journey through out Boston as well as place and time with his unforgettable novel "First Night". Complete with historic quotes and black and white photos. Chocked full of amazing history of a place that shaped our Nation, not only is "First Night" an entertaining story it is also a fantastic history lesson. After reading this I'm sure you will be planning your own trip to Boston. One only hopes that Alex and Jackie will soon find another adventure to share with us.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Author Tom Weston brings us an old fashioned ghost tale in First Night. The story begins with Sarah Pemberton who has caught the small pox. Read morePublished on May 27, 2012 by Coffee Addicted Writer (Billy)
History comes to life in Tom Weston's "First Night." San Diego sisters Alex and Jackie O'Rourke are stuck in Boston with their aunt and uncle for New Year's while their parents are... Read morePublished on August 23, 2009 by DarcyO
Thomas and Hannah Pemberton know their daughter, Sarah, will never recover from the small pot virus. Captain John Ayres stops by and gives Sarah an ivory Inuit bracelet. Read morePublished on August 3, 2009 by A. Grainey
This was a cute story. I really liked the characters. I found a little bit of myself in both Alex and Jackie--at times I can be moody like Alex and other times I can be outgoing... Read morePublished on July 26, 2009 by A. Howell
As an avid reader, I relish when a book I wasn't quite sure about reading turns out to be the reason I'm still awake come the early morning hours. Read morePublished on July 25, 2009 by Rebby