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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tom Weston Media (January 2, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0981941311
  • ISBN-13: 978-0981941318
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,673,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FIRST NIGHT by Tom Weston is a strange and oddly fascinating mix of humor, mystery, adventure, and paranormal. Without wonderful descriptions of Boston that only a true observer could write, Weston instills his love of the area and the First Night festivities into the story making it come to life. With a good deal of fun and the perfect amount of adventure, FIRST NIGHT was a pleasure to read and a book that I know I'll be going back to.

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.
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"First Night" by Tom Weston is like no other book I've read before. I really like that it gives history of Boston mixed in with a fantastic storyline.

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.
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On New Year's Eve in 1688, a curious young Puritan girl died of smallpox in Boston. Over three hundred years later, sisters Alex and Jackie O'Rourke join their Aunt Anne and Uncle Jim for First Night in Boston.

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.
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"First Night", is a spirited story of two sisters, Alex and Jackie, which are spending New Years Eve in Boston with their Uncle and Aunt. Soon, the two reluctant tourists find themselves in the middle of their own ghost story. Having breakfast at the Parker House, they witness whom they believe to be a historical reenactor behaving as though she's lost her mind. After leaving Parker House, that same girl runs in to or rather through Alex. Declaring herself to be Sarah Pemberton, a Puritan, they come to the conclusion that she is indeed a ghost. Sarah finds that she in now trapped in a Boston that so little resembles her own, and now is accused of witchcraft. Needing to find an advocate to represent her at her trial, Jackie steps up to the bar. The O'Rourke girls now find themselves on a journey to places unknown. Traveling through historic Boston a well as place and time, Alex, Jackie, and Sarah now race to save themselves in a battle of wits. Encountering everything from the ghost of Sarah's parents, the ghost of Cotton Mather, and dinner with their Uncle Jim, Aunt Anne, and the ghost of Sarah Pemberton. Will the O'Rourke girls be able to seek the knowledge in which they need and save Sarah, or will it be to late.

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.
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