Night Train by Judith Clarke
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A haunting story that will grab YA readers with its masterful blend of teenage angst and a chillingly plausible story line.

Eighteen-year-old Luke is the only one who hears the night train-just a lone whistle, far in the distance, that only sounds in the dead of night. No one else hears it or even believes that the train exists.

Threatened at school, pressured by his parents, paralyzed by anxiety about his final exams, Luke begins to doubt himself. Is the night train real, or is it only in his mind? If it's real then he's all right; then, no matter how his problems pile up, he can start all over again. If it's not real, Luke fears, then everything could come apart.

In this gripping novel, Judith Clarke delivers a striking view of a troubled teen whose mental world unravels all too quickly.

 

About Judith Clarke

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Judith Clarke was born in Sydney, Australia, and lives in Melbourne. She is the author of many award-winning books for young adults, including Kalpana's Dream, Wolf on the Fold, Night Train, and Friend of My Heart. "The best job I ever had," says Judith, "was as a tea-lady in a Sydney radio station. The worst was as governess/minder/parole officer of two teenagers whose parents had gone away (escaped?) for the long summer holidays." "I never made a conscious decision to be a writer; I never saw it as a profession or career. Writing was something I began doing when I was a child in the western suburbs of Sydney in the 1950s. All of the kids in my neighborhood were boys, and though they let my sister and I play with them, they pinched our marbles and comics and bashed us up. Writing stories was less dangerous." AWARDS Kalpana's Dream (Front Street, 2004) Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book in Fiction and Poetry Wolf on the Fold (Front Street, 2002) Children's Books of the Year Awards Winner-Children's Book Council of Australia Night Train (Holt, 2000) Children's Books of the Year Awards Honor, Older Readers -Children's Book Council of Australia Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Winner, Young Adult Fiction-State Library of Victoria, Australia
 
Published June 1, 2000 by Henry Holt & Company. 176 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction

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The author's intimation that little Naomi, feeling guilty about Luke’s death, is headed toward the same unhappy life as her brother makes the ending even more grim and hopeless.

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Australian writer Clarke's (The Heroic Life of Al Capsella) uneven novel opens with Luke Lemans's youngest sister frantic to see him; her family dodges her questions regarding his whereabouts, prompti

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Australian writer Clarke's (The Heroic Life of Al Capsella) uneven novel opens with Luke Lemans's youngest sister frantic to see him;

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