Books by Katherine Marsh

NOWHERE BOY by Katherine Marsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 7, 2018

"A captivating book situated in present-day discourse around the refugee crisis, featuring two boys who stand by their high values in the face of grave risk and succeed in drawing goodwill from others. (Historical fiction. 10-14)"
Two parallel stories, one of a Syrian boy from Aleppo fleeing war, and another of a white American boy, son of a NATO contractor, dealing with the challenges of growing up, intersect at a house in Brussels. Read full book review >
THE DOOR BY THE STAIRCASE by Katherine Marsh
CHILDREN'S
Released: Jan. 5, 2016

"Well-drawn characters, an original setting, and a satisfying resolution are the ingredients that make this carefully crafted middle-grade adventure a highly rewarding read. (Fantasy. 8-12)"
Will bravery, kindness, and perceptiveness be enough to earn 12-year-old orphan Mary Hayes a permanent home with Madame Zolotaya, the elderly woman who rescues her from a terrible Buffalo orphanage? Read full book review >
JEPP, WHO DEFIED THE STARS by Katherine Marsh
YOUNG ADULT
Released: Oct. 9, 2012

"Despite the fact that the third part of the book pales in comparison to the first two, the honest and humorously self-deprecating voice of Jepp moves readers to rejoice with him as he seeks and manipulates his destiny. (Historical fiction. 12-18)"
Part coming-of-age novel and part paternity quest, this late-16th-century tale earns its distinction by virtue of its narrator: a dwarf. Read full book review >
THE TWILIGHT PRISONER by Katherine Marsh
FICTION
Released: April 7, 2009

Marsh proves immune to the sophomore jinx in this sequel; after a quick reset of The Night Tourist (2007), this briskly paced story soars. Fifteen-year-old Jack Perdu, ghost whisperer and the series's hero, is smitten by fellow Latin Club member Cora Flores. He musters up the courage to ask her out, but school heartthrob Austin Chapman tags along. Determined to one-up Austin, Jack suggests an underground tour of Columbia University. Actually, the tunnels are portals to the Underworld and Jack recklessly leads Cora and Austin into the ghostly realm. A second romantic thread spices the tale when Euri, Jack's deceased friend from the first book, appears. Jealousy crackles between the living and dead girls. The more pressing problem is that the trio must find an escape route within three days or join the ranks of the dead. Cerberus, mythology's vicious three-headed dog, relentlessly hunts the real-world humans while time mercilessly ticks away. The plot is lavishly draped with snappy dialogue, realistic teen characters and clever didn't-see-it-coming twists. An outstanding story with wide appeal. (Fantasy. YA) Read full book review >
THE NIGHT TOURIST by Katherine Marsh
FICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2007

"It was just after dusk when the accident happened." This alluring first sentence grabs readers' attention, and the compelling story line will hold that interest. Marsh's story focuses on ninth-grader Jack Perdu, a prodigy of classic mythology. Absorbed in a book, Jack fails to see the car that knocks him down. He's physically okay, but after the accident he sees ghostly beings. In New York City's subway, he meets Euri, a spectral girl who leads him eight stories below Grand Central Station, and together they enter the residence of hundreds of ghosts. The spirits, several dead for more than 200 years, are suspicious of Jack, because to them he appears to be alive. Is Jack actually dead? If so, will he be able to locate his mother who disappeared years before? Both Jack and readers will simultaneously unravel the mystery surrounding the author's surreal setting as he learns how to enter and exit this supernatural world. Teenagers knowledgeable about mythology and appreciative of sophisticated wordplay will especially enjoy this intricate read. (Fiction. 12-15)Read full book review >