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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 820L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wendy Lamb Books; First Edition edition (January 9, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375839100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375839108
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.9 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,132,500 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 5–8—This fantasy by Irish author McNamee introduces Owen, whose father has died mysteriously, and whose mother has sunk into a depression. Out in his wilderness hideaway, he catapults into a time vortex where he meets a girl named Cati and her fellow Wakeful. Their eternal task is to fight the Harsh, a powerful ice people who upend time, running it backward so that humans no longer exist. Owen, Cati, and other Wakeful set out to find the Puissance, the place where it is foretold that the Navigator, a legendary figure, can defeat the Harsh and restore proper time. Readers who head for D. J. MacHale's "Pendragon" (S & S) and Garth Nix's "The Keys to the Kingdom" (Scholastic) series may like this one as well, but it sometimes strains credibility. The idea that time is moving backward (from modern to medieval times by novel's end), but that all humanity immediately disappears (even though there were humans back then) is hard to accept. And while Owen and Cati are plucky adventurers, the descriptions sometimes fall flat, and the transitions are occasionally abrupt. Consider this title an additional purchase; acquire where Kenneth Oppel's Airborn (HarperCollins, 2004) and similar titles are popular.—Caitlin Augusta, The Darien Library, CT
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From Booklist

Owen often escapes his widowed mother's house for his den, a cozy hideout along the banks of the river. One day he spots a strange man in a faded uniform staring across the river. As Owen creeps up on him, the world plunges into total darkness. When the darkness lifts, the man tells Owen, "It has begun." It appears that Owen has an important role to play in an eons-long battle between the Resistors and a group of villains called the Harsh, who freeze everything they touch. The struggle is at a crisis point; the Harsh have managed to start the Great Time Machine running backward. The concept is somewhat sketchy, but McNamee, who wrote the adult book Resurrection Man (1994), keeps the action vivid and exciting, giving readers little time to worry about details. An editor's note indicates that the interesting cast of characters will return for more adventures. Lynn Rutan
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This is a book I HAD to finish reading before I could go to bed last night.
LonestarReader
Unfortunately, plot developments that are probably meant to be mysterious just seem vague.
Fiona Ryan
I just wanted to voice ds's opinion that he thought that it was a good book.
Mary

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By LonestarReader VINE VOICE on May 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This is a book I HAD to finish reading before I could go to bed last night.

Owen is different. He doesn't fit in at school and his mother is suffering from a mysterious mental disorder. Owen's father commited suicide and he hears people in town say, "Like father, like son," "He'll go the same way." Owen does suffer a crippling phobia of water. The sight of the harbor or a river makes him tremble.

He finds refuge in his "den," a small clearing in the woods where he has built a fort with odds and ends of furniture and items he scavenged from the town junk yard. He is in his den one afternoon when the light in the sky changes and in a flash, Owen's world disappears.

He encounters a person calling himself Sub-Commandant who is part of the Resisters and who has called the Sleepers to wake up because The Harsh have caused Time to start moving backward and are getting ready to attack. Wha-huh?

Well, think how Owen feels!

This was a terrific adventure story. There is a missing artifact, an epic journey and the hope that "The Navigator" will appear to restore the flow of Time and get the world back on track. Three young ones and a world to save--great stuff.

The fantastical apparatus of this world such as the power source "Magno," the brass observation tower "Skyward," the "Q-Car," and goggled bad guys operating dragonfly-styled flying machines put me in mind of Flash Gordon serials. Illustrator, Jon Goodell has done a lovely service illustrating some of these technological wonders.

There was still an unresolved mystery in my mind about a minor character in the beginning of the book. I think this means more stories are coming.

I love Irish storytellers.
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1 of 0 people found the following review helpful By Donald G. Watts on March 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I thought the book was great after I read it! If you have not read this book I suggest you read because it is really good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 31, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The Navigator is a very good book. I really enjoyed listening to it; I listened to it in one day. The descriptions are very good and I feel like I'm living it.

The Navigator is about a boy named Owen who meets these people called the resistors who are resisting against the Harsh who are trying to take the world back to before their where people at all.

Overall it was a very good book and I can't wait for the next one in the series!
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Format: Paperback
Owen is ostracized by the other children around him for his father's death long ago, a presumed suicide that resulted in his mother being thrown into a haze of depression from which she cannot escape. By his young teens, he's quietly self-reliant, managing the house on his own and taking care of his mother who is forgetful and not always lucid. He spends his time wandering around the terrain outside of his house, by a river and an abandoned old building that was once a workhouse.

One day, Owen meets a strange man near the river right before witnessing a strange flash of darkness. The man, who introduces himself as the Sub-Commandant, explains to Owen that the mysterious flash signifies that a group of creatures known as the Harsh have succeeded in turning back time to before human habitation, so that they can live alone in solitude and turn the Earth to a barren, ice-encrusted waste. Owen does not believe the Sub-Commandant at first, but when he runs away to find his home, he is faced with nothing but ruins.

The Sub-Commandant brings Owen back to the Workhouse, which Owen learns is situated on an "island in time" that the Harsh cannot touch, and home to the Resisters, a rag-tag fighting force whose purpose it is to defeat the Harsh and prevent them from tampering with Earth's timeflow. Owen quickly becomes swept up in the affairs of the Resisters, who do not understand why he did not disappear along with all of the other people and signs of human life in the world. Some even suspect that he is a Harsh spy, and mistrust him. Along the way he meets with several compelling characters, including Cati, the Sub-Commandant's daughter, and Dr. Diamond, an expert in the science of time.
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This book is very good and very suspenseful. I read this for school and I wasn't excited to read this and now I'm going to read the next book.
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By Mary on August 24, 2011
Format: Paperback
I am writing this review for my 8 yr old ds. He loved the book and couldn't put it down. He found that the adventure was great. Other reviewers have given more details about the book its self. I just wanted to voice ds's opinion that he thought that it was a good book.
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